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Regional Differences in Divorce in the United States

Norval D. Glenn and Beth Ann Shelton
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Aug., 1985), pp. 641-652
DOI: 10.2307/352265
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352265
Page Count: 12
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Regional Differences in Divorce in the United States
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Abstract

The hypothesis that level of social integration is inversely related to level of marital dissolution is tested for whites in the United States by use of census and survey data for the nine census "divisions," or regions. A negative indicator of social integration, called the Residential Mobility Index, is related to a measure of marital dissolution from which the effects of years of exposure to the risk of divorce, religious background, socioeconomic background, and several community and family background variables have been removed. The relationship among the nine regions is very strong (r = .978) and is also very strong when the measure of marital dissolution is computed only for persons living in the same state they lived in at age 16 (r = .942). The very high level of marital dissolution in the American "divorce belt" (the West South Central, Mountain, and Pacific census divisions) can be accounted for by a high level of residential movement there, and intervening variables are probably a syndrome of variables associated with level of social integration.

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