ERIC Number: ED349520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the 1990s.
Norton, Arthur J.; Miller, Louisa F.
This paper presents results of a survey of the marriage and fertility histories of women in the United States conducted in June 1990 by the Bureau of the Census as a supplement to the Current Population Survey. The marriage and fertility history surveys were taken in 1971, 1975, 1980, 1985, and 1990. This paper focuses on recent trends in marriage, divorce, remarriage, and redivorce. Previous results are updated with new data. The nature of the relationship between certain social and demographic variables (educational attainment, fertility history, age, race and Hispanic origin, age at marital event, duration in marital status) and marriage behavior is described. The effects of marriage and fertility behavior on children and families are discussed, and some possibilities for the near-term future about where these trends may lead are offered. Fourteen tables are included. These conclusions are presented: (1) the marriage and divorce norms and behaviors that are acceptable to American society have evolved over the past 25 years; (2) proportionally more women will never marry than has been the case in the past; (3) divorce has peaked and will subside somewhat; (4) although remarriage rates have fallen the growth of consequent stepfamilies is significant; and (5) a large segment of the U.S. adult population flows into and out of several marital categories during their life course. (ABL)
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