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Gender, family life course and attitudes towards divorce in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2016 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 59, no 1, 51-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates the impact of union formation, parenthood and union dissolution on Swedes’ attitudes toward divorce. The results, based on fixed-effects models of longitudinal data from the Young Adult Panel Study (YAPS), suggest a prevalent, albeit small, influence of family life-course events on attitudes toward divorce in Sweden. Attitudes toward divorce are studied using two survey statements: ‘It is too easy to get divorced in today’s Sweden’ (item A) and ‘Parents should stay together for the sake of their children’ (item B). For both items, union dissolution from parental relationships is associated with a decrease in intolerance toward divorce, but only for women. For men, but not for women, parental union formation increases intolerance toward divorce as measured by item B. The results are discussed in relation to the literature on gendered family life-course experiences.

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2016. Vol. 59, no 1, 51-67 p.
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Divorce, life course, family attitudes, fixed effects, gender, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126589DOI: 10.1177/0001699315615639ISI: 000369956500004OAI: diva2:901378
Available from: 2016-02-08 Created: 2016-02-08 Last updated: 2016-03-14Bibliographically approved

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