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Unformatted text preview: 1-29-08Divorce, continuedCauses of Divorce: SocialCultureoGoal: individual self-fulfillmentoHigher expectation, acceptability of divorceNo-fault divorce lawsoSurge in 1970soMaybe effect, not causeWomens employmentoIncreases odds of divorceoBut mostly increasing exit from bad marriagesoNote education differencesMens employmentoUnemployment increases marriage stressCauses of Divorce: IndividualIncome, employment problemsAge at marriageo of teen marriages divorce, 1/3 in late 20sRaceoAfrican Americans have highest ratesoPoverty, education accounts for some differencesoSeparation less likely to lead to divorceLower odds of remarryingCohabitationoLess divorce? Trial weeds out bad marriageoMore divorce? Reflects weaker commitment to institution of marriageIdeology (e.g. religiosity)Parental divorceoLessons learned, traumas, genetics?oPeople whose parents got divorced are themselves more likely to get divorcedCouple dissimilarity oE.g. different religion, ageE....
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- Spring '08