Social integration and divorce

Alan Booth, John N. Edwards, David R. Johnson

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Using panel data from a national survey of married persons, the role of social integration in stabilizing marriage is explored. The analysis indicates that social integration does not appear to have a strong uniform negative effect on divorce, as others have proposed. Of the three forms of integration considered (communicative, functional, and normative), we find only two that relate to divorce in a substantive manner. Mechanisms by which integration might deter divorce are examined, and the implications of the findings for a theory of divorce are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-224
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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