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Variation in Patterns of Marital Instability among Hispanics

W. Parker Frisbie
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 48, No. 1 (Feb., 1986), pp. 99-106
DOI: 10.2307/352232
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352232
Page Count: 8
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Variation in Patterns of Marital Instability among Hispanics
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Abstract

This research, for the first time, extends the study of marital disruption to include the three largest Hispanic populations, based on a nationwide sample that also includes non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks, in order to broaden the comparative scope of the analysis. The aims are to determine the degree to which the low prevalence of marital instability observed among Mexican Americans in earlier studies that are more limited geographically is characteristic of other Hispanic groups, and to assess the extent to which the effects of conventional determinants of marital dissolution vary by race and ethnicity. The results support in a general way the conclusions from earlier research. However, there is a substantial amount of variation across the racial/ethnic groups, and the emergence of a number of important interaction effects suggests that the sharpness of marital-instability contrasts must be interpreted in terms of the joint effects of certain demographic and socioeconomic factors.

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