Zheng Wu

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Doctor of Philosophy


This study examines the transition from marital dissolution to remarriage and how it differs by various social groups. Based on social exchange theory and other theoretical formulations, a social psychological model of remarriage is advanced. The model is organized around four key constructs: the desirability of remarriage, the eligibility for remarriage, barriers to remarry, and marriage market constraints. It is argued that the probability of remarriage rises and the tempo accelerates where remarriage is viewed as being desirable and barriers minimum, and where marriage candidates are eligible (attractive) and confront a large pool of available marriage partners. Cross-sectional data from the 1990 Canadian General Social Survey (GSS-90) are used to empirically evaluate these hypotheses. The results obtained from an ordinary life table analysis and an accelerated failure time model analysis provide some support to these hypotheses. The policy implications of these results are also discussed, and the directions for future research in remarriage suggested.



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