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The divorced and who divorces?

Kiernan, Kathleen and Mueller, Ganka (1998) The divorced and who divorces? CASEpaper (CASE/7). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London, UK.

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The Family Resources Survey was used to identify the characteristics of the divorced population and two longitudinal studies, the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and the National Child Development Study (NCDS) were used to address the question 'who divorces ?'. The BHPS allowed the examination of this issue ofr individuals and couples whereas the NCDS data allowed the examination of childhood and adolescence factors associated with partnership dissolution in adulthood. Unemployment, reliance on state benefits and disability featured as characteristics of the currently divorced and these factors, along with financial difficulties, were also found to be important precursors of divorce. There was evidence from both the BHPS and the NCDS of an association between emotional factors and subsequent partnership breakdown. In sum, people who embarked on partnerships at an early age, cohabitants, those who had experienced parental divorce, and those who were economically, somatically and emotionally vulnerable had higher risks of divorce.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1998 Kathleen E Kiernan and Ganka Mueller
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2008 16:08
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:22

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