Socio-economic determinants of divorce in early twentieth-century Sweden
2011 (English)In: The History of the Family, ISSN 1081-602X, ISSN 1081-602X, Vol. 16, no 3, 292-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Using a combination of census data and aggregated divorce statistics, this study investigates how socio-economic conditionsinfluenced the risk of divorce among men in different occupations during the 1920s and 1930s in Sweden. The results support thetheoretical presupposition that the stability of marriage was associated with the degree of economic interdependence betweenspouses. Rural, low-income, single-provider households with many children exhibit a significantly lower probability of divorcethan urban, dual-provider, high-income households with few children. This lends support to a socio-economic growth hypothesisstating that lower levels of marriage stability first developed in the more affluent strata of society living in urban settings. Thetendency of decreasing marriage stability then successively spread to the middle and lower classes as the divorce rate continued toincrease during the course of the twentieth century.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press , 2011. Vol. 16, no 3, 292-307 p.
Divorce; Sweden; Early twentieth century; Social stratification; Female labor force participation
History Gender Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46779DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2011.06.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-46779DiVA: diva2:440809