Keywords

children, economic well-being, poverty, remarriage, spousal quality

Abstract

Many divorced women experience a significant decline financial, social, physical and psychological well-being following a divorce. Using data from the NLSY79 (n = 2,520) we compare welfare recipients, mothers, and impoverished women to less marginalized divorcees on remarriage chances. Furthermore, we look at the kinds of men these women marry by focusing on the employment and education of new spouses. Finally, we address how remarriage and spousal quality (as defined by education and employment) impact economic well-being after divorce. Our results show that remarriage has positive economic effects, but that is dependent upon spousal quality. However, such matches are rare among divorced women with children and in poverty. The implications of our results for social welfare issues are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Shafer, K. & Jensen, T.M.* (2013). “Remarital Chances, Choices, and Economic Consequences: Issues of Social and Personal Welfare.” Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 40(2): 77-101.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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