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A Longitudinal Study of Marital Problems and Subsequent Divorce

Paul R. Amato and Stacy J. Rogers
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 59, No. 3 (Aug., 1997), pp. 612-624
DOI: 10.2307/353949
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353949
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Abstract

This study investigated the extent to which reports of marital problems in 1980 predicted divorce between 1980 and 1992, the extent to which these problems mediated the impact of demographic and life course variables on divorce, and gender differences in reports of particular marital problems and in the extent to which these reports predicted divorce. Wives reported more marital problems than husbands did, although this was due to husbands' tendency to report relatively few problems caused by their spouses. A variety of marital problems predicted divorce up to 12 years in the future. A parsimonious set of marital problems involving infidelity, spending money foolishly, drinking or drug use or both, jealousy, moodiness, and irritating habits mediated moderate proportions of the associations between demographic and life course variables and divorce.

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