Recent data proves that women with more education than their husbands are not more likely to seek divorce – as previous data had shown.
A new study published in the American Sociological Review shows that there is no increased chance of divorce in marriages where wives have received more education than their husbands. The study actually showed couples who have attained the same level of education tend to have less of a chance of seeing divorce when compared to other couples.
Researchers Christine R. Schwartz and Hongyun Han felt it was necessary to take a closer look at the National Survey of Family Growth and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which really only documented marriages in the 1980’s – when the focus fell on marriages that had formed prior to the advancement of women in the realm of education. Schwartz and Han reexamined data taken of marriages between 1950 and the mid-1980s. They also sought to update the time series to include marriages that had formed through 2004.
Their analysis concluded that all the conventional wisdom regarding education and divorce was as thought: outdated. As of the 90s, wives’ with more education no longer contributed to a higher risk of divorce. In fact, spouses married between the years 2000 and 2004 who had the same level of education were actually about 1/3 less likely to divorce when compared to marriages where the husbands had more education than wives.
This study puts to rest any fears associated with marital stability’s relation to steady marriages. “This has big implications for the compositions of people’s marriage markets,” Schwartz said. “And from our study, it looks like people are adapting to those demographic realities.”
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Source: The Huffington Post, Wives With More Education Than Their Husbands Aren’t Doomed To Divorce After All, August 21, 2014
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