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Divorce for Women after Midlife

Citation

Uhlenberg, Peter; Cooney, Teresa M.; & Boyd, Robert (1990). Divorce for Women after Midlife. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 45(1), S3-11.

Abstract

In spite of widespread interest in both aging and divorce, relatively little research has joined these topics. This study used data from the U.S. Census, Vital Statistics, and Current Population Survey to determine current divorce patterns for women aged 40+, project marriage and divorce experiences of future cohorts of elderly women, and consider the socioeconomic correlates of divorce for middle-aged and older women. Given current marriage, divorce, and widowhood rates, the findings indicate a marked decline in the proportion of future elderly women who will be married or widowed, and a dramatic increase in the proportion who will be divorced. Further, the data show that the socioeconomic well-being of divorcées is significantly below that of widowed or married women.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geronj/45.1.s3

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences

Author(s)

Uhlenberg, Peter
Cooney, Teresa M.
Boyd, Robert

Year Published

1990

Volume Number

45

Issue Number

1

Pages

S3-11

Reference ID

776