Do divorcing couples become happier by breaking up?
Gardner, Jonathan and Oswald, Andrew J. . (2006) Do divorcing couples become happier by breaking up? Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), Vol.169 (No.2). pp. 319-336. ISSN 0964-1998
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-985X.2006.00403.x
Divorce is a leap in the dark. The paper investigates whether people who split up actually become happier. Using the British Household Panel Survey, we can observe an individual's level of psychological well-being in the years before and after divorce. Our results show that divorcing couples reap psychological gains from the dissolution of their marriages. Men and women benefit equally. The paper also studies the effects of bereavement, of having dependant children and of remarriage. We measure well-being by using general health questionnaire and life satisfaction scores.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Divorced people, Happiness|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)|
|Date:||24 January 2006|
|Page Range:||pp. 319-336|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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