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The demographics of same-sex marriages in Norway and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Demografi (SUDA).
2006 (English)In: Demography, Vol. 43, no 1, 79-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study provides an investigation into the demographics of same-sex marriages, that is registered partnerships, in Norway and Sweden. We give an overview of the demographic characteristics of the spouses of these partnerships, and study patterns in divorce risks. A comparison with similar dynamics of heterosexual marriages is provided. Our study is based on longitudinal information from the population registers of the two countries, covering all persons in partnerships. Our demographic analyses involve information on the characteristics such as age, sex, geographical background, experience of previous opposite-sex marriage, parenthood, and educational attainment of the partners involved. We find that in many respects the distributions of married populations as to these characteristics differ by the sex composition of couples. Patterns in divorce risks are rather similar in same-sex and opposite-sex marriages, but divorce-risk levels are considerably higher in same-sex partnerships. The divorce risk for female partnerships is practically double that of the risk for male partnerships.

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2006. Vol. 43, no 1, 79-98 p.
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22183OAI: diva2:188710
Available from: 2007-12-19 Created: 2007-12-19 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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