Economic independence, economic status, and empty nest in midlife marital disruption


Journal Article

We examine the risk of separation or divorce later in the marital career from a family development perspective. With data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women, we use a hazards framework to estimate the effects of women's economic independence, couples' economic status, and family life course factors on the risk of middle-age separation or divorce. Several dimensions of economic independence and economic status influence the risk of midlife marital disruption. Moreover, the transition to empty nest influences the risk of marital disruption, but the effect of empty nest depends on the duration of the marriage.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hiedemann, B; Suhomlinova, O; O'Rand, AM

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 219 - 231

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-2445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/353453

Citation Source

  • Scopus