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Lecture 20 - Sociology 120 Lecture 20 15:25 Review Divorce...

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Unformatted text preview: Sociology 120 Lecture 20 15:25 Review Divorce I History Three periods Trends & group differences Explanations Macro No fault divorce legislation If spouses wanted to divorce, they can 1970 divorce was still expensive divorce was and is still a big deal has increased divorce rates- moderately the current divorce rate would be 6% lower than it is Cultural change Stigma of divorce decreased Social cost of divorce decreased Divorce became more normal Womens employment (increased, topped out about 5 or 7 years ago) Opportunity effect Income and employment allow women the opportunity that make women less dependent on their men Income effect Makes more money, she may be more dependent of her husband but not her husband become more dependent on her More stress and anxiety in the household Individual effect Women in the workforce Increase in the labor force participation, changes the behavior of married women Power Macro-level The evidence for all of these stories is non-existent, not a lot of support As you learn more about sociology, you will be better at coming up with more plausible stories about how things work Mens employment Mens participation is still the same The labor market for certain segments of men has declined or even crumbled, there is a group of men who even when they try, cannot get employment Continuing increase in divorce among men can be contributable to the decline in the.. Still pretty much mandatory Right now- 10 percent unemployment in the US Micro Explanations I Age at marriage Strong risk factor Correlates with divorce Marriages that are formed at under age 21 have a far higher risk of obtaining divorce One of the best predictors Almost half of all marriages get divorced ever Age at marriage number is within fifteen years of getting married One of the big reasons for this risk is that young people keep developing after their teenage years Might be very compatible at age 17 but a lot of other things happen in like after this age Change as you go through college Why young age at marriage predicts divorce Immaturity Once someone turns 15, they discover that they know more than everyone else False certainty When they get to around 20, realize that they just didnt understand Cannot explain macro trends In the 1960s, divorce rates started increasing and they rose dramatically until 1980...
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Lecture 20 - Sociology 120 Lecture 20 15:25 Review Divorce...

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