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An Indicator of Marriage Dissolution by Marriage Cohort

Abbott L. Ferriss
Social Forces
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Mar., 1970), pp. 356-365
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2574654
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2574654
Page Count: 10
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An Indicator of Marriage Dissolution by Marriage Cohort
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Abstract

A divorce rate by marriage cohort for each year married up to ten years is developed, using data from the Divorce Registration Area. The results differ considerably from the period divorce rate, the divorces in a year per 1,000 married women. The period rate declined from 11 in 1948 to 9 in 1958 and then increased in the next nine years back to 11, forming a "U." During this period, the cumulative percent divorced of cohorts married nine years has been fairly stationary. There were 15.8 divorces per 100 for the cohort married nine years in 1958. By 1964 this rate had increased irregularly 1 percentage point to 16.8. Since then, the rate for those completing nine years of marriage has increased only to 17.5, showing remarkable stability.

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