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Reproductive Time Lost Due to Sexual Union Dissolution in San Jose, Costa Rica

Alvin T. Onaka and David Yaukey
Population Studies
Vol. 27, No. 3 (Nov., 1973), pp. 457-465
DOI: 10.2307/2173765
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2173765
Page Count: 9
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Reproductive Time Lost Due to Sexual Union Dissolution in San Jose, Costa Rica
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Abstract

This paper assesses the amount of reproductive time Costa Ricans spend after or between sexual unions because of the dissolution of their unions through widowhood, separation, or divorce. A secondary analysis of the marital histories of 1,226 women obtained from a 1964 fertility survey in San Jose, Costa Rica, yielded the following: (1) The reproductive time lost tended to be from the later, less fecund years of the women's reproductive period. (2) A greater proportion of reproductive time was lost by women who had been in consensual unions than by women who had been in legal unions. (3) The relation between consensuality and reproductive time lost remained virtually undiminished even when differences in women's place of birth and educational attainment were controlled.

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