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The Marriages and Divorces of the Children of Divorce

Norval D. Glenn and Kathryn B. Kramer
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Nov., 1987), pp. 811-825
DOI: 10.2307/351974
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351974
Page Count: 15
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The Marriages and Divorces of the Children of Divorce
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Abstract

The effect of parental divorce on the divorce-proneness of offspring was estimated separately for white males, white females, black males, and black females through analysis of pooled data from 11 U.S. national surveys conducted from 1973 to 1985. The estimated effect for white females was substantial and statistically significant, but any effects in the other race-sex categories appear to have been moderate. Analyses performed to test some common and plausible explanations for an intergenerational transmission of divorce-proneness yielded indirect support for a "lower-commitment-to-marriage" explanation and revealed that a small proportion of the estimated transmission effect can be explained by a tendency for the children of divorce to marry at an early age.

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