Do Parents of Girls Have a Higher Risk of Divorce? An Eighteen Country Study.

Diekmann, Andreas and Schmidheiny, Kurt. (2004) Do Parents of Girls Have a Higher Risk of Divorce? An Eighteen Country Study. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66 (3). pp. 651-660.

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Using data from the June 1980 Current Population Survey, Morgan, Lye, and Condran (1988) reported that families with a daughter have a higher divorce risk than families with a son. They attribute this finding to the higher involvement of fathers in raising a son, which in turn promotes marital stability. We investigate the relation between gender composition of children and parents’ divorce risk with cross-national data from the Fertility and Family Survey. These data, which cover 16 European countries, Canada, and the United States, do not support a general hypothesis that sons contribute more to marital stability than daughters.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Angewandte Ökonometrie (Schmidheiny)
UniBasel Contributors:Schmidheiny, Kurt
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher: National Council on Family Relations
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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