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Lecture 22 - Soc 120 Marriage and the Family Lecture 22...

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1 Soc 120: Marriage and the Family Lecture 22: Remarriage and Stepfamilies Prof. Elwert Review Divorce Effects • Women • Men • Children – Distress vs disorder – Limited evidence for detrimental effect on academic achievement – Causality vs selection!
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2 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 Remarriage & Stepfamilies Some statistics • Kinship Effects on children
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3 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) (Benokraitis 2007, p.485, Cherlin) Trends in Remarriage Proportion of Divorced Persons who Remarry 86 83 78 78 80 78 72 69 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 1970 1980 1988 1995 Percent Men Women
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