15. Divorce

Trends, Patterns, Causes, and Consequences

  1. Judith Treas,
  2. Jacqueline Scott and
  3. Martin Richards
  1. Juho Härkönen

Published Online: 21 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118374085.ch15

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

How to Cite

Härkönen, J. (2014) Divorce, in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families (eds J. Treas, J. Scott and M. Richards), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118374085.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470673539

Online ISBN: 9781118374085

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Keywords:

  • divorce;
  • union dissolution;
  • Western countries;
  • predictors of divorce;
  • consequences of divorce

Summary

This chapter focuses on divorce and union dissolution in the Western countries. The increases in marital instability are among the core features of family change known as the second demographic transition, and have raised a great deal of interest among social scientists and the public alike. This chapter goes through the trends in divorce and their explanations. It also examines what is known about the predictors of divorce, as well as its consequences for adults and children.