Example of Sentence Outline

Several aspects must be considered in writing a sentence outline.

  • If you have chosen to write a sentence outline, all headings and sub-headings must be in sentence form.
  • As in any outline, remember that a division or subdivision can not be divided into one part; therefore, if there is an "A" there must be a "B," and if there is a "1" there must be a "2."

Negative Effects of Divorce on Adolescents

I. When family conflicts arise as a result of divorce, adolescents suffer.
     A. During the first year, these young people may be depressed due to conflicts between the custodial and non-custodial parents.
     B. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles are often restricted by visitation provisions.
     C. Almost without exception, adolescents find divorce very painful, but they react in differing degrees depending on their age.
II. Some of the most negative effects on adolescents may be associated with economic problems.
     A. The family will most probably experience a lower standard of living due to the cost of maintaining two households.
     B. Some female custodial parents have poor job skills and must train before entering the job market.
     C. The lower standard of living may result in misunderstanding and conflicts within the family.
     D. The decreased standard of living, particularly for an untrained female custodial parent, often causes relocation.
       1. The family may have to move to a poorer neighborhood in order to cut costs.
       2. As a result, the adolescent may have to attend a different school.
III. Adolescents from divorced families often experience peer problems.
     A. Due to relocation and prejudice, adolescents may lose friends.
     B. The lack of a solid relationship with both parents affects an adolescent's attitude toward the opposite sex.