Title

Unique Matching Patterns in Remarriage: Educational Assortative Mating Among Divorced Men and Women

Keywords

remarriage, assortative mating, first marriage–remarriage comparison

Abstract

Educational assortative mating is a crucial aspect of marriage formation because it confers benefits such as improved health and well-being, affects economic standing, and reflects the level of gender equity within marriage. However, little is known about educational assortative mating patterns in remarriage. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 cohort, this study addresses this shortcoming in two ways. First, I compare educational assortative mating patterns in first and second marriages. Second, I address characteristics associated with homogamy, hypergamy, and hypogamy in remarriage. The results show that assortative mating patterns in remarriage are distinct from those in first marriage, remarriage patterns are unique by educational attainment and gender, and these patterns are not explained by differences in income, age, or parental status. The results illustrate the need for theories which specifically address the unique nature of remarriage in the United States.

Original Publication Citation

Shafer, K. (2013). “Unique Matching Patterns in Remarriage: Educational Assortative Mating Among Divorced Men and Women.” Journal of Family Issues, 34(11): 1500-1535.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-09-21

Publisher

Journal of Family Issues

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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