Why Is the Divorce Rate Declining in Indonesia

Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 63, No. 2 (May, 2001), pp. 480-490

11 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2015

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Tim Heaton

Brigham Young University

Mark Cammack

Southwestern Law School

Lawrence Young

Brigham Young University

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

This article examines trends in marital dissolution in Indonesia. Analysis considers the impact of educational expansion, delayed marriage, urbanizaton, increasing employment before marriage, legislative change, and increased free choice in marriage on the decline in marital disruption. Trends such as delayed marriage and educational expansion account for about one third of the decline in marital dissolution. Moreover, factors associated with marital disruption are shifting in importance. In particular, age at marriage and marital duration are becoming less reliable predictors of marital stability, whereas education is becoming more important. We conclude that the shifting forces governing marital formation and dissolution in Indonesia have modified the linkages between the conjugal couple, broader kinship systems, and modes of economic support such that traditional patterns sustaining high levels of marital instability are no longer in effect.

Suggested Citation

Heaton, Tim and Cammack, Mark and Young, Lawrence, Why Is the Divorce Rate Declining in Indonesia (2001). Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 63, No. 2 (May, 2001), pp. 480-490. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2559574

Tim Heaton

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

Mark Cammack (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

Lawrence Young

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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