, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 101–114 | Cite as

Marriage and divorce in twentieth century American cohorts

  • Robert Schoen
  • William Urton
  • Karen Woodrow
  • John Bai
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The significance of recent changes in marriage and divorce in the United States is examined from a cohort perspective. Marital status life tables, following birth cohorts through life and through the statuses of Never Married, Presently Married, Widowed, and Divorced provide a detailed description of the experience of male and female cohorts born 1888–1950. Recent cohorts show a clear reversal of previous trends toward earlier and more universal marriage. There has been a steady rise in divorce, with 46 percent of male and 42 percent of female marriages expected to end in divorce for the cohort born in 1950.


Average Duration Divorce Rate Early Cohort Cohort Marriage Female Cohort 
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© Population Association of America 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Schoen
    • 1
  • William Urton
    • 2
  • Karen Woodrow
    • 3
  • John Bai
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana
  2. 2.Department of SociologyWinthrop CollegeRock Hill
  3. 3.U.S. Bureau of the CensusWashington, D.C.

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