Why is the Divorce Rate Declining in Indonesia?
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2004
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 63, Issue 2, pages 480–490, May 2001
How to Cite
Heaton, T. B., Cammack, M. and Young, L. (2001), Why is the Divorce Rate Declining in Indonesia?. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63: 480–490. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00480.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2004
This article examines trends in marital dissolution in Indonesia. Analysis considers the impact of educational expansion, delayed marriage, urbanization, increasing employment before marriage, legislative change, and increased free choice in marriage on the decline in marital disruption. Trends such as delayed marriage and educational expansion account for about one third of the decline in marital dissolution. Moreover, factors associated with marital disruption are shifting in importance. In particular, age at marriage and marital duration are becoming less reliable predictors of marital stability, whereas education is becoming more important. We conclude that the shifting forces governing marital formation and dissolution in Indonesia have modified the linkages between the conjugal couple, broader kinship systems, and modes of economic support such that traditional patterns sustaining high levels of marital instability are no longer in effect.