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Economic Independence, Economic Status, and Empty Nest in Midlife Marital Disruption

Bridget Hiedemann, Olga Suhomlinova and Angela M. O'Rand
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 219-231
DOI: 10.2307/353453
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353453
Page Count: 13
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Economic Independence, Economic Status, and Empty Nest in Midlife Marital Disruption
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Abstract

We examine the risk of separation or divorce later in the marital career from a family development perspective. With data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women, we use a hazards framework to estimate the effects of women's economic independence, couples' economic status, and family life course factors on the risk of middle-age separation or divorce. Several dimensions of economic independence and economic status influence the risk of midlife marital disruption. Moreover, the transition to empty nest influences the risk of marital disruption, but the effect of empty nest depends on the duration of the marriage.

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