The Divorce Generation
Divorce, remarriage, marriage, gender differences
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
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Forste, Renata and Heaton, Tim B., "The Divorce Generation" (2004). All Faculty Publications. 2796.
Journal of Divorce & Remarriage
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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