Keywords

consumer debt, divorce, gender, marital conflict, marital satisfaction

Abstract

As part of the Center for Financial Security’s 2010 symposium, this study examined the association between consumer debt and divorce. Longitudinal data from the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 4,574 couples) indicated that consumer debt was positively associated with divorce. Financial conflict completely mediated this association for both husbands and wives and marital satisfaction also completely mediated the association for wives. These findings suggest that when families take financial steps to secure their financial stability they may also be taking steps to secure their relationship stability.

Original Publication Citation

Dew, J. P.(2011). The association between consumer debt and the likelihood of divorce. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 32, 554–565.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2011-09-14

Publisher

Journal of Family and Economic Issues

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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