Study Finds That Divorce Rate Rises As Economy Improves

‘This is exactly what happened in the 1930s,’ said Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin. ‘The divorce rate dropped during the Great Depression not because people were happier with their marriages, but because they couldn’t afford to get divorced.’ According local women to Philip N. Cohen, the University of Maryland sociologist who conducted the research, recent state-by-state unemployment rates had little effect on divorce. He said that more research is needed to understand the correlation. The study will be published in Population Research and Policy Review. In 1997, David Gergen spoke with author Barbara Dafoe Whitehead about divorce culture in the United States on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. We hope that the elimination of our moderation process will enable a more organic discussion amongst you, our audience. However, if a commenter violates our terms of use or abuses the commenting forum, their comment will be removed.
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