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Nonstandard Work and Marital Instability: Evidence From the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 5, pages 1289–1300, October 2010
How to Cite
Kalil, A., Ziol-Guest, K. M. and Levin Epstein, J. (2010), Nonstandard Work and Marital Instability: Evidence From the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 1289–1300. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00765.x
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This article was edited by Cheryl Buehler.
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
- husbands' employment;
- National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY);
- wives' employment;
- work–family balance
This article replicated and extended Harriet Presser's (2000) investigation of the linkages between nonstandard work and marital instability. We reexplored this question using data from a sample of 2,893 newlywed couples from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and using different analytic techniques. In contrast to Presser, we found that the key dimension of husbands' and wives' employment was nonemployment. Similar to Presser, we found that wives' working of fixed night shifts increased the risk of divorce, driven by the experience in marriages over 5 years in duration. However, we did not replicate Presser's finding that the effect is significant only among households with children; rather, wives' fixed night shifts were associated with divorce only among those without children.