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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Sustainable marriages? Divorce patterns of binational couples in Europe versus North America
Author(s) Irastorza, Nahikari
Date 2016
English abstract
This paper analyses the marital dissolution of binational couples (i.e. couples comprised of immigrants and natives) in countries with traditionally distinct integration models: Canada, the United States and France. Previous studies appeal to cultural differences to explain the higher divorce rates of binational couples but they omit the potential effect of migration or that of environmental factors such as immigration policies and attitudes towards migration and intermarriage. In order to test a model that includes all these factors, an identical online survey was conducted in the cited countries. The concepts ‘binational couples’ and ‘culture’ were disentangled into specific types of couples and variables. While being involved in a binational marriage was not found to be a significant predictor of divorce, being involved in one where both partners are foreign born decreases the risk of divorce. Religion, family values and families’ perception of a relationship are also significantly related to marital stability.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468796816638403 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Ethnicities;4
Volume 16
ISSN 1468-7968
Pages 649–683
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Intermarriage
Binational couples
Religion
Immigrants integration
Attitudes
Divorce
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20536 Permalink to this page

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