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Gender, family life course and attitudes towards divorce in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0347-3802
2016 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 51-67Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates the impact of union formation, parenthood and union dissolution on Swedes’ attitudes toward divorce. The results, based on fixed-effects models of longitudinal data from the Young Adult Panel Study (YAPS), suggest a prevalent, albeit small, influence of family life-course events on attitudes toward divorce in Sweden. Attitudes toward divorce are studied using two survey statements: ‘It is too easy to get divorced in today’s Sweden’ (item A) and ‘Parents should stay together for the sake of their children’ (item B). For both items, union dissolution from parental relationships is associated with a decrease in intolerance toward divorce, but only for women. For men, but not for women, parental union formation increases intolerance toward divorce as measured by item B. The results are discussed in relation to the literature on gendered family life-course experiences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 59, no 1, p. 51-67
Keywords [en]
Divorce, life course, family attitudes, fixed effects, gender, Sweden
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Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126589DOI: 10.1177/0001699315615639ISI: 000369956500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-126589DiVA, id: diva2:901378
Available from: 2016-02-08 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2019-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Essays on Family Dynamics: Partnering, Fertility and Divorce in Sweden
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Diversity in household and family structures poses interesting questions for scientific inquiry. What accounts for patterns of reproduction, partnering, household formation and household dissolution? This dissertation investigates facets of this question in the context of modern Sweden from a longitudinal and individual level perspective. It consists of three empirical studies using data from administrative registers and panel survey data. The first study begins with noting a rapid expansion in online education and analyzes whether this development leads to higher fertility in student populations. The second study asks whether individuals’ predispositions towards divorce change after exposure to the experience of parenthood, union formation and union dissolution. The third study builds on the literature on assortative mating and investigates what drives underlying preferences for this behavior. 

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Stockholm: Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, 2019
Series
Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 102
Keywords
Fertility, Divorce attitudes, Sweden, Educational Homogamy, Life Course, Family Dynamics
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164767 (URN)978-91-7797-522-9 (ISBN)978-91-7797-523-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-03-08, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens Hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript.

Available from: 2019-02-13 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-02-06Bibliographically approved

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