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Sons, Daughters, and the Risk of Marital Disruption

Citation

Morgan, S. Philip; Lye, Diane N.; & Condran, Gretchen A. (1988). Sons, Daughters, and the Risk of Marital Disruption. American Journal of Sociology, 94(1), 110-29.

Abstract

The association between the sex of children and their parents' risk of marital disruption is examined using the June 1980 Current Population Survey. The finding is that sons reduce the risk of marital disruption by 9% more than do daughters. This difference holds across marriage cohorts, racial groups, and categories of mother's education. A compelling explanation for these findings, supported by data from the National Survey of Children, stresses a father's greater role in raising sons than daughters and his consequently greater involvement in the family. Children provide a new basis for marital cohesion, one that rests on attachments and obligations to children. For fathers, the obligations and attachments are greater if they have sons.

URL

http://www.jstor.org/stable/2781024

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Sociology

Author(s)

Morgan, S. Philip
Lye, Diane N.
Condran, Gretchen A.

Year Published

1988

Volume Number

94

Issue Number

1

Pages

110-29

Reference ID

5611