How work affects divorce. The mediating role of financial and time pressures

A.R. Poortman

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    Abstract

    This study examines whether the financial and time pressures associated with spouses' working lives play a role in the relation between work and divorce during the first years of marriage. Using retrospective data from the Netherlands, the results show that divorce is more likely when the husband works on average fewer hours and the wife more hours during the first years of marriage. Furthermore, couples facing more financial problems and those spending less time together have a higher divorce risk. The findings partly support the hypothesis that greater financial strains are responsible for the higher divorce risk when husbands work fewer hours. About 15% of the higher divorce risk of husbands working fewer hours is explained by the resulting greater financial strains. No support is found for the hypothesis that the higher divorce risk of women who work more hours is due to a decrease in marital interaction time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)168-195
    Number of pages28
    JournalJournal of Family Issues
    Volume26
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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