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Divorce: A Comment About the Future

  • Graham B. Spanier

Abstract

During the mid-1970s, the United States experienced, but did not notice, a demographic milestone: For the first time in any given year, more marriages were ended by divorce than by the death of a spouse. The numerical dominance of divorce over death has occurred every year since 1974 and will likely continue well into the future. In this brief chapter, I address some of the larger social and demographic issues suggested by the growing imbalance in the path to marital disruption as well as present some thoughts about future research needs.

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1992

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