Growing Evidence for a “Divorce Divide”? Education and Marital Dissolution Rates in the United States. Steven P. Martin University of Maryland – College Park firstname.lastname@example.org
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Figure 1: Percent of U.S. Women with a Marital Dissolution within 10 Years of a First Marriage,by Year of Marriage and Education Level. SIPP 1996/2001
Figure 2: Percent of U.S. Women with a Marital Dissolution within 10 Years of a First Marriage, by Year of Marriage and Education Percentile. SIPP 1996/2001
Are shifts in marital dissolution rates explained by group differences in premarital childbearing?
“(O)n the core social question of whether family fragmentation is a bad thing or a not-so bad thing, a steady shift in popular and (especially) elite opinion took place over the course of the 1990s. Denial and happy talk about the consequences of nuclear family decline became decidedly less widespread; concern and even alarm became much more common. As a society we changed our minds, and as a result we changed some of our laws. And now, it seems, we are beginning to change some of our personal behavior. This is very encouraging news.” Blankenhorn (2002)
Responses to the Question: "Should Divorce be Easier or More Difficult to Obtain Than it is now?" By Education and Decade for U.S. Women Age 25-39.
net of other women (1976 – 2000): .44
religious denomination, frequency of church attendance, .06
political views, gender role ideology,
attitudes toward extramarital sex
women’s LFP, income, SEI .13
women’s marital and childbearing status .09
not explained by model .16