Divorce and Marital Instability over the Life Course

Alan Booth, David R. Johnson, Lynn K. White, John N. Edwards

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This study uses a national sample of married persons under age 55, interviewed in 1980 and again in 1983, to estimate why divorce and marital instability vary by age and duration of marriage. Results indicate that the accumulation of assets substantially reduces the propensity to divorce. We also find that several important correlates of divorce and instability (age at marriage, health, social integration, and income) interact with age and duration. In general, these factors seem to operate almost exclusively among young people and young marriages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-442
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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