This study demonstrates that marriage order does not have a significant influence on the marital quality of older adults today, but that long-standing gender differences in marital quality hold across marriage order. These findings are critical given the increasingly diverse marital histories of individuals entering old age in the early 21st century, and the importance of a positive, supportive marriage for older adults’ well-being.
The National Health, Social Life and Aging Project (NSHAP) is supported by the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute on Aging (R37AG030481; R01AG033903), the Office of Women’s Health Research, the Office of AIDS Research, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (R01AG021487) and by NORC which was responsible for the data collection.
We appreciate data management assistance provided by Joshua Goode and the research assistance of Anne Carroll.
Cooney, T.M., Proulx, C.M. and Snyder-Rivas, L.A. (2016), "A Profile of Later Life Marriages: Comparisons by Gender and Marriage Order", Divorce, Separation, and Remarriage: The Transformation of Family (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 1-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1530-353520160000010002Download as .RIS
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