chfd chapter 16 - Chapter 16: Divorce: Before and After...

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Chapter 16: Divorce: Before and After Divorce about 40% first marriages in U.S. End in divorce reasons for stabilizing divorce rates fewer people are marrying at young ages couples have improved their standard of living and have less tension at home spouse are negotiating marriages based on less rigid gender roles there is increased determination by the children of a divorcing generation to make their marriages work cohabitation has increased why are couples divorcing economic factors loss of income increases the risk of divorce unhappily married women who are employed have more economic power, increased independence, and self-confidence high expectations of marriage decreased social, legal and moral constraints emphasis on the emotional relationship over the institutional benefits results in marriage not being viewed as permanent defining marriage as semi-permanent can become a self-fulfilling prophecy marriage requires continual negotiation and renegotiation about trivial matters as well as important ones having divorced parents increases the likelihood of divorce problems evident in the grandchildren of the original divorcing couple include less education, more marital conflict and poorer relationships with their parents. Demographic and behavioral factors related to divorce remarried mates are more likely to divorce premarital sex and cohabitation before marriage increase the likelihood of divorce, but only when these take place with someone other than the future marital partner premarital pregnancy and childbearing increase the risk of divorce in a subsequent marriage young children stabilize marriage so remaining child-free is associated with a higher likelihood of divorce deciding to divorce deciding to divorce is difficult couples struggle with concerns about the impact on children and feelings about their past hopes and current unhappiness levinger's model of deciding about divorce suggests that spouses assess their marriage in terms of rewards of the marriage alternatives to the marriage third element of levinger's theory; least important in decisions to divorce barriers to divorce respondents to the marital instability over the life course surveys named children,
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2012 for the course CHFD 2100 taught by Professor Simons during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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chfd chapter 16 - Chapter 16: Divorce: Before and After...

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