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Provincial Variations in Divorce Rates: A Canadian Case

Tomoko Makabe
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 42, No. 1 (Feb., 1980), pp. 171-176
DOI: 10.2307/351944
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351944
Page Count: 6
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Provincial Variations in Divorce Rates: A Canadian Case
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Abstract

This report examines differentials in divorce rates in 10 Canadian provinces. A multiple regression analysis is employed to see how divorce rates and the seven indices of institutional-structural characteristics of the nation's 10 provinces are related. The Canadian data conform to findings from the United States. Provinces with higher population turnover are characterized by a lower degree of social integration and thus lower social cost attached to divorce, which is reflected in higher divorce rates. The study also explores the hypothesis that divorce rates are higher in areas where more economic opportunities are available for women.

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