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The Relationship between Migration and the Provincial Divorce Rate in Canada, 1971 and 1978: A Reassessment

Frank Trovato
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 48, No. 1 (Feb., 1986), pp. 207-216
DOI: 10.2307/352245
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352245
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Abstract

Sustained differences among Canadian provinces in the rate of divorce have been observed for some time, but few attempts have been made to provide a systematic analysis of the relevance of region and migration to divorce. This study examines the interrelationship between these variables at two times, 1971 and 1978. The results concerning migration are consistent with the hypothesis that regions characterized by high rates of population mobility have high divorce rates, while regions with low migration rates experience relatively low levels of family dissolution. The pattern of divorce is also examined and the results are indicative of persisting regional differences in the incidence of family dissolution that are independent of relevant social demographic variables, even after discrepancies in population mobility for each region are taken into account.

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