ERIC Number: EJ694293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 40
Incarceration and the Formation and Stability of Marital Unions
Lopoo, Leonard M.; Western, Bruce
Journal of Marriage and Family, v67 n3 p721-734 Aug 2005
Rising imprisonment rates and declining marriage rates among low-education African Americans motivate an analysis of the effects of incarceration on marriage. An event history analysis of 2,041 unmarried men from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth suggests that men are unlikely to marry in the years they serve in prison. A separate analysis of 2,762 married men shows that incarceration during marriage significantly increases the risk of divorce or separation. We simulate aggregate marriage rates using estimates from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and find that the prevalence of marriage would change little if incarceration rates were reduced.
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth