Title

The Divorce Generation

Keywords

Divorce, remarriage, marriage, gender differences

Abstract

Using data from the General Social Survey (GSS), we examine mean differences in measures of well-being, family attitudes, and socioeconomic status for individuals divorced, remarried, or in a first marriage. We sample individuals first married between 1965 and 1975, of which 48 percent reported being divorced or separated from their spouses. Overall, our comparisons support the divorce-stress-adjustment perspective in that the divorced/separated report the lowest levels of well-being relative to those in their first marriage, and they support the protective effect of marriage as remarried individuals report higher levels of well-being relative to the still divorced or separated.

Original Publication Citation

Forste, Renata and Tim B. Heaton. 2004.“The Divorce Generation: Well-being, Family Attitudes, and Socioeconomic Consequences of Marital Disruption.” Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 41(1/2):95-114

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Journal of Divorce & Remarriage

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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