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Love and Death in Germany: The Marital Biography and Its Effect on Mortality
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2004
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 66, Issue 3, pages 567–581, August 2004
How to Cite
Brockmann, H. and Klein, T. (2004), Love and Death in Germany: The Marital Biography and Its Effect on Mortality. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66: 567–581. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-2445.2004.00038.x
Institut für Soziologie, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Sandgasse 9, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.
- Issue published online: 19 JUL 2004
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2004
- event history analysis;
- life course;
- marital history;
In this article, we analyze how the marital biography is affecting mortality in Germany today (N = 12,484). We find support for temporal selection into marriage for both genders, but the effect is stronger for men. In addition, protection through marriage results from long-term accumulation of survival advantages and from the attenuation of higher mortality risks that occur immediately after a transition into or out of a marriage. Moreover, women are more likely to keep survival advantages from previous marriages and to forget about survival disadvantages from divorces and widowhood.