Divorce in Europe by Robert Chester (auth.), Robert Chester (eds.)

By Robert Chester (auth.), Robert Chester (eds.)

Those who've sought info at the quantity of divorce within the sleek global will be aware of that the main obtainable assets lie in overseas yearbooks, (1) and that from those it truly is attainable to ensure wide comparisons of a old or geographical sort. For a person state, for example, adjustments within the divorce cost may be traced, or comparative charges for any variety of nations at any given time might be tested. equally, it really is attainable to find changes and similarities in divorce tendencies on a global foundation, both for person countries or for quarter­ al or cultural clusters. usually, although, such resources can't be used for designated or subtle comparisons as a result of the restrict­ ed quantity of information, and of the character of the data offered. To notice targeted adjustments in divorce-propensity via time or position, for example, preferably calls for cohort information, details at the variety of marriages dissolved by means of divorce inside one, two---x years between each 1,000 or 10,000 of marriages reduced in size in a given 12 months. Such info don't seem within the overseas statistical summaries, which frequently don't even use the following most sensible form of degree, specifically divorces according to 1,000 or 10,000 latest marriages. frequently the figures given are these for divorces in step with thousand of tot a I inhabitants, and those are of little comparative price as a result of adaptations in popu­ lation structure.

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1 80. 6 88. 5 6. 6 26. 2 39. 8 45. 1 64. 8 70. 6 75. 5 1971 1970 1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 25-29 4. 8 11. 2 29. 5 41. 3 55. 8 62. 5 72. 7 78. 2 91. 9 6. 9 83. 6 38. 7 63. 2 73. 9 30-34 8. 4 54. 5 81. 1 Last avail. cohort Marriage cohort Last avail. 4 87. 4 1954 11. 6 21. 2 63. 5 89. 8 106. 3 100. 3 101. 1 Last avail. cohort Marriage cohort 35- Table 6. Cumulative number of divorces per 1000 women after a given number of years in the 1954 marriage cohort and the last available marriage cohort according to age of women at marriage is older.

Not so far reported is the fact shown by Trost (1975c) that in the same period there has been a great increase in the number of couples cohabiting under married-like conditions but without formal marriage. The increase in the cohabitation rate is in fact higher Table 3. 4 3. 7 3. 7 5. 6 6. 3 Source: SOU 1972: 41. 7 8. 2 8. 5 8. 0 9. 4 than the decrease in the marriage rate, so that the divorce data cannot be interpreted as indicating a decrease in the popularity of the long-lasting heterosexual dyad.

Thus, today, divorces occur on the average at an earlier age, which can be explained in part by the decrease in the age of marriage, and in part by the fact that with the increase in the rate of divorce young couples get divorces more frequently. Being young at the time of divorce has certain positive aspects, since the adaptability of young people is better, and it is easier to find a new partner. The effect of age is even greater with women than it is with men. At present, young women usually have had a better education and are better skilled than older women, and furthermore, they are more apt to be employed.

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