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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Social and Demographic Predictors of Divorce

According to Kluckholm, culture constitutes a “blueprint for all life’s activities.” It must be acknowledged that, for better or for worse, divorce is now part of the general culture of the United States. Nevertheless, it may be the case that there is significant variation in terms of who follows this aspect of the “blueprint.” In this project, I examine whether several sociological factors predict who does or does not get divorced. I analyze data from the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS is nationally representative survey of adults that is conducted annually. Using these data, I examine whether and how the following factors predict divorce: age at first marriage, current age, education, race, and income. I use crosstabulation to examine the relation between each of these factors and marital status, selecting only those who have already married for the analysis.

Presenter: Cristina Lovullo (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Sociology
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)