FMLY 1010 Lecture 76: Lecture 76

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Family Social Sciences
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FMLY 1010
Christine A.Schippers

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o98729 After divorce, 6x more likely to exhibit depression symptoms within 2 years then men who remain married Women who divorce are 3.5x more likely to experience depression in first 2 years compared to nondivorced women Economic Effects: Psychological effects are worsened by economic effects, especially for women o Women often retain custody of children o Divorced men tend to slightly improve their economic position (opposite for women) Slightly above the average males incomes o Negative economic effects dont disappear quickly (sometimes not at all) Especially likely to have longterm negative effects for working class women or those with low levels of education (especially if do not remarry) Women who had above average incomes are likely to recover even if they dont remarry Effects on Life Pathways: Divorced women with children are less likely to remarry than those who do not have children Remarriage expands the number of years of childrearing for divorced women May also be significantly increased for divorced men Especially if they remarry a younger women with young children Cohabiting Heterosexual Couples (416) Relatively common for couples to live in commonlaw unions 12 of adults in their early 20s lived in commonlaw relationships Higher rates for those in their late 20s (23 similar amount of those who were married) Conceive of cohabitation as a final filtertest before marriage (hope it will lessen the likelihood of divorce) Although evidence tends to show the opposite trend Studies show that those who cohabit before marriage are less satisfied with their marriages Divorce rates doubles for those who lived together before marriage 1. Cohabiting leads to developing of a life structure for cohabiting, not for marriage The 2 relationships are quite different Marriage involves a public declaration of lifelong commitment 2. Adults who choose to live together before marriage are different in key ways from those who marry without cohabiting Cohabiting couples are less homogamous (less similar) o Cohabiters are more than twice as likely to have sexual affairs, more likely to be unhappydepressed, increased risk for domestic violence o Note that study results are based on aggregating all statistics about 2 very different kinds of cohabitating couples Previous cohabitation and premarital sexual experience is also an important factor
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