Divorce Statistics Collection

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NOTE: Newer information on the same topics is available on The Divorce Statistics and Studies Blog. But a lot of important, pre-2008 information is collected only on this site, the Divorce Statistics Collection. So you should check both this site and the blog.

A comparison of Divorce Laws and Rates in the United States and Europe

Statistics on:

Divorce Rates and Marriage Rates
--and Reasons for Increase in Divorce
--in Families With Children

--Non-U.S. Divorce Rates
--Correlations of Divorce rates with other factors (e.g. religion, occupation, race, region)

--Statistics on Religion, Divorce and Adultery x
--Divorce in International/Interracial Marriages

--Reconciliation after Separation
Your Real Chance of Divorce
Causes of Divorce

Does Divorce Succeed?
Divorce Litigation Before No-Fault was Introduced
Does divorce reduce children's exposure to family conflict?
Divorce and Domestic Violence
Social Costs and Direct Costs of Divorce

With This Ring
Effects on Divorced People:
--General Happiness
--Health, Physical and Mental
--Effects on Black Community
Children of Divorce and:
--All kinds of problems
--Child Abuse
--Crime (incl. Rape statistics)
--Popularity and Social Skills
--Psychological, psychiatric, behavioral problems and suicide
--Children of divorce becoming teen moms, single moms
--Educational achievement
--Physical Health
--African American Children
Discussion of Constance Ahrons' We're Still Family
Statistics and Studies on Adultery
Military Divorce Statistics
Illegitimate Births

Other Divorce Statistics Collections on the web:
Fact Sheet on Divorce in America by Glenn Stanton includes numbers of divorced people in U.S., several effects of divorce on adults and children.
Facts About Marital Distress and Divorce by Scott M. Stanley & Howard J. Markman. Divorce rates, marital conflict, predicting and projecting divorce, effects of divorce and marriage, lots of references to studies.
Why Marriage Matters: Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences (2002)
Joan R. Kahn and Kathryn A. London, "Premarital Sex and the Risk of Divorce," Journal of Marriage and the Family 53 (1991): 845-855.

Cf. Ingrid Waldron, Christopher C. Weiss, and Mary Elizabeth Hughes, "Marital Status Effects on Health: Are There Differences Between Never-Married Women and Divorced and Separated Women?" Social Science & Medicine 45 (1997): 1387-1397

I.M.A. Joung et al., "Health Behaviors Explain Part of the Difference in Self-Reported Health Associated with Partner/Marital States in the Netherlands," Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 49 (1995): 482-488

Peggy A. Thoits, "Gender and Marital Status Difference in Control and Distress: Common Stress versus Unique Stress Explanations," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 28 (1987): 7-22

Karen F. Parker and Tracy Johns, "Urban Disadvantage and Types of Race-Specific Homicide: Assessing the Diversity in Family Structures in the Urban Context," Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 39 (2002): 277-303.

...Talking Turkey--- The harm that parental divorce visits upon children largely transcends cultural differences. So suggests a Turkish scholar in a recent analytical comparison of studies on parental divorce conducted in Western countries (including the United States). Noting that Turkey has witnessed 'a marked increase in the divorce rate' in recent years, especially in urban areas, psychologist Dilek Sirvanli-Ozen of Okan University in Instanbul copmares Turkish studies of the impact of parental divorce with those conducted in Western countries with markedly different cultural backgrounds. It is largely the same dark picture that Sirvanli-Okan sees in both sets of studies...

..Thus, when Turkish studies reveal that children whose parents divorce suffer from 'more psychological problems' achieve less 'academic success,' and develop 'more fearful attachment styles' than peers from inact families, these findings fit all too well in 'a general assessment' based on research around the globe. In summing up the 'general' international pattern, Sirvanli-Ozen highlights disturbing 'deficits' documented in the lives of children affected by parental divorce: 'anxiety, depression, phobia, and irregularities in eating and sleeping...negative attitudes towards marriage and other relationships...a decline in self-esteem...a decrease in the acceptance/interest the children perceive from their parents...and a tendency to develop insecure attachment styles.' ...<Source: Dilke Sirvanli-Ozen, "Impacts of Divorce on the Behavior and Adjustment Problems, Parenting Styles, and Attachment Styles of Children: Literature Review Including Turkish Studies," Journal of Divorce & Remarriage 42.3/4 [2005]: 127-146.) ..."

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