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Demography. 2005 Aug;42(3):427-46.

Parental divorce and subsequent disadvantage: a cross-cohort comparison.

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  • 1Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, England. w.sigle-rushton@lse.ac.uk


Although many studies have examined the link between parental divorce and subsequent well-being, some theories of the effects of divorce suggest that the negative associations should have declined over time. However, few studies have examined the extent to which the associations have remained stable over time. Using data from two British cohorts, we analyzed both shorter- and longer-term outcomes of children who experienced parental divorce and the extent to which the associations have changed over time. Estimating similar models for both cohorts, we found little evidence of any change in the size of the relationship as divorce became more commonplace.

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