Lecture 22

Lecture 22 - 03:36 RemarriageandStepfamilies Review...

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03:36 Remarriage and Stepfamilies Review Divorce Effects  Women Ex-wives Men Ex-husbands Children Distress vs disorder Limited evidence for detrimental effect on academic achievement Causality vs selection! More on Causation vs Selection Central topic. It will be your constant companion. Lots of things are associated, but that doesn’t mean that they cause each other. Always ask: are two phenomena related(associated) because one causes the other, or  just by coincidence (selection)? What may be behind the coincidence? Examples The number of firefighters at the scene is positively associated with fire damage. Do >  firefighters cause > damage? Blond people live longer on average. Would dying your hair change your life  expectancy? Children of divorce, on average, have lower test scores. Would they have higher test  scores had they not experienced divorce? Preview
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Some statistics Kinship  Effects on children I. Remarriage: Some Stats 9 out of 10 remarriages follow divorce, not death Within 5 years of divorce, 60% repartner (trend upward) Within 5 years of divorce, 40% of people remarry (trend downward) Most marriages that end in death are at an older age   don’t need to remarry  Trends in Remarriage Proportion of Divorced Persons who Remarry 1970: men: 86% women: 80% 1980: men: 83% women: 78% 1988: men: 78% women: 72% 1995:
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men: 78% women: 69%  remarriage trends decrease continually for both men and women  Average Duration until Remarriage 1970: men: 0.9% women: 1.6% 1980: men: 1.4% women: 1.6% 1988: men: 2.4% women: 1.7% 1995: men: 2.8% women: 2.4%  average man waits 3 years today to get remarried  Stepfamily Formation Need to consider cohabiting stepfamilies—not just marriages; if not, we substantially  underestimate the prevalence of stepfamilies Approximately 2/3 of stepfamilies formed through cohabitation, not marriage Cohabitation is more common before 2 nd  marriage than 1 st  marriage 
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From the other perspective, about 40% of all cohabiting couples have children (i.e., can 
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