Ch 13 Uncoupling - Ch 13 Uncoupling Todays Divorce Trends...

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Ch 13 Uncoupling Today’s Divorce Trends Crude Divorce Rate – the number of divorces that occur per 1000 in a population Useful for comparing trends over time Rates increased with no-fault divorce legislation in the 70s Divorce rate began to decline in the 90s Correlates of Divorce The following can be predictors of divorce Couple’s age Premarital pregnancy Parental separation Cohabitation before marriage Religiosity of the couple Socio-economic background of the couple Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce Children of divorce have less experience with successful role models, they have less ability to cope with the difficulties of marriage Amato & DeBoer (2001) Commitment to marriage hypothesis Why divorce? What about these factors… Being fired
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2 Ethnicity Incompatibility or personality differences Alcohol or substance abuse Length of time coping Standard of living Child support Cohabitation Factors Contributing to Divorce Cohabitation requires a lesser commitment Cohabiting men are less marriage-minded than women Cohabiters are typically less religious Cohabiters have higher rates of relationship violence Cohabiters have higher levels of marital expectations Uncoupling The series of stages by which couples – whether married or cohabitating, heterosexual or homosexual – move toward ending their relationship. Stages of Uncoupling Dissatisfaction Attempts at change Turning elsewhere Further distancing Resolution Informing the other partner Acknowledging the ending
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