Volume 7 - Article 10 | Pages 389-406
How premarital children and childbearing in current marriage influence divorce of Swedish women in their first marriages
|Date received:||08 May 2002|
|Date published:||27 Aug 2002|
|Keywords:||common childbearing, divorce risk, premarital children, stepfamily, Sweden|
By using a Swedish register data set and applying hazard models with unobserved heterogeneity, this study demonstrates that the partners' childbearing history plays an important role in predicting the divorce risks of families with various combination of premarital children. Families with premarital children definitely have a higher risk of divorce than do those without premarital children. Producing a common child reduces the divorce risk, but as the youngest common child gets older, his or her role in maintaining family bond weakens.
Families which the wife has premarital children by another man decidedly have a higher risk of divorce than do families with other combinations of premarital children. Other findings deviate from what has been reported in the literature.
Guiping Liu - Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany
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