Gender Differences in the Consequences of Divorce: A Multiple-Outcome Comparison of Former Spouses

32 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2016

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

This study examined gender differences in the consequences of divorce for multiple measures of psychological, economic, and domestic well-being. I used household panel data from the German SOEP, retaining the link between initially married couples (N = 755) to compare both spouses over a period of up to four years before and after divorce. Findings showed that men were more vulnerable to short-term declines in subjective measures of well-being, whereas women experienced longer-term disadvantages in objective economic status. Taken together, these results suggest that women’s disproportionate income strain is chronic, whereas men’s disproportionate psychological and domestic strain is not.

Suggested Citation

Leopold, Thomas, Gender Differences in the Consequences of Divorce: A Multiple-Outcome Comparison of Former Spouses (June 2016). SOEPpaper No. 841. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2805854 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2805854

Thomas Leopold (Contact Author)

University of Bamberg ( email )

Kirschaeckerstrasse 39
Bamberg, 96045
Germany

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