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Patterns of Marriage and Family Formation and Dissolution

Alan C. Kerckhoff
Journal of Consumer Research
Vol. 2, No. 4 (Mar., 1976), pp. 261-275
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2488656
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Patterns of mate selection reflect a tendency toward homogamy. Child-bearing patterns vary by race, socioeconomic status, and religion, with conception control a possible reason for the variation. Divorce and separation occur more frequently among black and poor couples, and there is some evidence that nonhomogamous marriages are broken more often than homogamous ones. Despite the increased divorce rate and tendency of young people to delay marriage, there is little empirical support for a radical change in American marriage and family patterns.

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