4. Marriage and Divorce in the Western World

  1. Angela Abela and
  2. Janet Walker
  1. Jan Pryor

Published Online: 4 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118320990.ch4

Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World

Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World

How to Cite

Pryor, J. (2013) Marriage and Divorce in the Western World, in Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World (eds A. Abela and J. Walker), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118320990.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119971030

Online ISBN: 9781118320990

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Keywords:

  • marriage;
  • divorce;
  • cohabitation;
  • commitment;
  • same-sex marriage;
  • divorce predictors

Summary

This chapter addresses the factors that impact on levels of marriage and divorce both across countries and over time. These include religiosity, individualism, cohabitation, the rise of same-sex marriages, and the changing character of marriage in the last fifty years. The chapter contrasts levels of marriage and divorce across Western countries, and addresses the predictors of divorce. Finally, it considers the possible implications of changes in marriage and divorce, and discusses the role of commitment in fostering stability in relationships.