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Parental divorce, psychological well-being and educational attainment: changed experience, unchanged effect among Swedes born 1892-1991
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2015 (English)In: Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300, E-ISSN 1573-0921, Vol. 123, no 2, 601-623 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last century, the proportion of children and adolescents who have experienced a parental divorce or separation has increased dramatically, in Sweden and elsewhere. Vast research has shown that children in these families fare less well than children in intact families, both in the short and in the long run and on a number of outcomes. Much less is known about whether parental divorce means the same for children and adolescents today as it did a century ago. Have living conditions changed and, if so, how? Moreover, has the association between parental divorce and child well-being changed in magnitude over time? To answer these questions six waves of the Swedish Level of Living Survey were used. The data set contains indicators on childhood living conditions for an entire century of Swedes, born 1892–1991. We show that living conditions for children of divorce have indeed changed on a number of dimensions but there is no evidence of magnitude change in the association between parental divorce/separation and two child outcomes, psychological well-being and educational attainment.

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2015. Vol. 123, no 2, 601-623 p.
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Parental divorce, Living conditions, Cohort change, Psychological well-being, Educational attainment, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119975DOI: 10.1007/s11205-014-0768-6ISI: 000360006900015OAI: diva2:849796
Available from: 2015-08-31 Created: 2015-08-31 Last updated: 2015-09-14Bibliographically approved

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