Marriage breakdown in Australia - The social correlates of separation and divorce

Hewitt, Belinda, Baxter, Janeen and Western, Mark (2005) Marriage breakdown in Australia - The social correlates of separation and divorce. Journal of Sociology, 41 2: 163-183. doi:10.1177/1440783305053235

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Author Hewitt, Belinda
Baxter, Janeen
Western, Mark
Title Marriage breakdown in Australia - The social correlates of separation and divorce
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783305053235
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 183
Total pages 21
Editor P. Corrigan
M. Gibson
D. Plummer
J. Scott
S. Thiele
Place of publication London
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
370107 Social Change
730307 Health policy evaluation
Abstract Marriage breakdown through separation and divorce is a pervasive feature of Australian society. But little research investigates the social factors associated with marital breakdown in Australia. This study builds on and extends Australian research by using survival analysis models to examine patterns of association among temporal, life-course, attitudinal and economic factors associated with marital breakdown. Using data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, we find marital breakdown in Australia is socially patterned in similar ways to other Western countries. But our findings point to several directions for future research into marriage breakdown in Australia, and we identify certain unique features of Australian marriage breakdown that warrant a more detailed investigation, such as the relationship between ethnic origin and the risk of marital breakdown.
Keyword Sociology
Marriage Breakdown
Marital Dissolution
Intergenerational Transmission
Premarital Cohabitation
Q-Index Code C1

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