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Are couples with young children more likely to split up when the mother is the main or an equal earner?

Kanji, Shireen and Schober, Pia. (2014) Are couples with young children more likely to split up when the mother is the main or an equal earner? Sociology, vol. 48, no. 1. pp. 38-58.

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Abstract

This study examines how a mother being the main or an equal earner impacts the relationship stability of heterosexual couple parents, using the UK’s Millennium Cohort Survey (n = 6244). Various theories alternatively predict that such couples experience a higher or lower risk of divorce than male-breadwinner couples. Alternatively the characteristics of these couples may predispose them to relatively higher or lower relationship stability than male-breadwinner couples. Using piecewise constant exponential event history models we test these propositions between key stages in a child’s life: baby, toddler, school entry and age seven. In some periods, a mother being the main or an equal earner is associated with a lower risk of relationship breakdown than for male-breadwinner couples, and more so within cohabiting than married couples. However, there is a strong tendency to shift over time from mothers being main or equal earners to a male-breadwinner arrangement.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Soziologie > Sozialforschung und Methodologie (Bergman)
UniBasel Contributors:Kanji, Shireen
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Sage
ISSN:0038-0385
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:20 Jun 2014 07:55
Deposited On:20 Jun 2014 07:55

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