Exploring the Increased Odds of Divorce Following Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Karina M. Shreffler, Patricia A Wonch Hill, Joanne Cacciatore

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Abstract

We build on recent studies on the consequences of miscarriage and stillbirth for women to assess the (a) odds of divorce among women who experienced a loss compared to those who did not; and (b) fertility-specific characteristics that increase odds of divorce. Utilizing a nationally representative sample of 3,461 women who have ever been pregnant and married, we find that women who experienced miscarriage or stillbirth have greater odds of divorce than women who did not experience a loss, and we highlight the importance of characteristics associated with the pregnancy and loss experiences: gestation length, whether the pregnancy had been planned, and experiencing multiple losses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-107
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

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Keywords

  • attachment
  • commitment
  • divorce
  • fertility
  • loss
  • miscarriage
  • stillbirth

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  • Demography
  • Law

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Exploring the Increased Odds of Divorce Following Miscarriage or Stillbirth. / Shreffler, Karina M.; Wonch Hill, Patricia A; Cacciatore, Joanne.

In: Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Vol. 53, No. 2, 01.02.2012, p. 91-107.

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