Which spouse initiates marital separation when there are children involved?

Hewitt, Belinda (2009) Which spouse initiates marital separation when there are children involved?. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71 2: 362-372. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00603.x

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Author Hewitt, Belinda
Title Which spouse initiates marital separation when there are children involved?
Journal name Journal of Marriage and Family   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2445
Publication date 2009-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00603.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 71
Issue 2
Start page 362
End page 372
Total pages 11
Editor David H. Demo
Place of publication United States of America
Publisher National Council of Family Relations
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract This report examines whether the presence of children in marriage differentially influences the risk of wives or husbands initiating separation. The analytic sample consists of 9,118 first marriages from the Households, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (2001). Using event history and competing risks analysis, I find weak evidence that wives are less likely than husbands to initiate when they have infants, and husbands are less likely than wives to initiate when children are school age or older. Overall, the results show that children deter marital separation for both wives and husbands, indicating that gender differences in the decision to separate are likely attributable to other factors such as a willingness to remain in an unhappy marriage.
Keyword childhood
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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