Divorce by race/ethnicity and education, 2010

Earlier this month I calculated that the divorce rate per 1,000 married people rose slightly from 2009 to 2010, but is still lower than it was in 2008. Now we have more information for 2010 from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.

NCFMR’s new release (in PDF) shows the divorce rate among women married for the first time, by race/ethnicity and education.

Just a quick update.

For my previous posts on divorce, follow the divorce tag.

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4 responses to “Divorce by race/ethnicity and education, 2010

  1. Belinda Luscombe

    Interesting. What do you think it suggests Philip about poverty as the driver of divorces?

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    • More than poverty, I think the factors behind patterns like this are instability and insecurity. That would mean that what looks like a detrimental effect of low income is often caused by the stress, fear, anxiety and suffering associated with fluctuations (especially, but not only, around a low baseline). Among poorer people, a lot of that instability is also in the family network — job loss, illness and other hardship among relatives. I wish our regular survey data did a better job of capturing all that, but my sense is an outcome like divorce is especially likely to reflect this.

      (These simple descriptives are a little misleading, actually, because they are confounded with age and marital duration. When you control for age and years married, college graduates are much less likely to divorce than everyone else.)

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