Location

Victoria South Ballroom, Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Event Website

http://sociology.uwo.ca/cluster/en/projects/knowledge_mobilization/2015/2015_conference/index.html#2015 Conference

Start Date

19-3-2015 5:00 PM

End Date

19-3-2015 5:15 PM

Description

Poster Presentation

Some women in sub-Saharan Africa have successfully managed to promote their own agenda using marital strategies and, in return, have gained greater control over their lives. While we know which factors are likely to predict a union dissolution, we know little about the effects of women's attitudes toward divorce on marital stability in sub-Saharan Africa. To bridge this gap, we use data from the Malawi Longitudinal Study on Family and Health and between 1998 and 2008 to assess the effects of women’s attitude toward divorce on a series of contexts carrying large social and economic implications for a woman in rural Malawi. We use event history analyses to model the risk of divorce over union duration across three attitudinal levels, regions, and by birth cohort. We also use logistic regression analyses to capture the effects of women’s attitudes and socio-demographic and marital characteristics known to have an effect on divorce. Our results show that, overall, a more permissive attitude towards divorce is associated with a greater likelihood of divorce. We also find a variation in the odds of divorcing by contexts, which are influenced by traditional practices, and social norms.


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Mar 19th, 5:00 PM Mar 19th, 5:15 PM

The Effects of Women's Attitudes Towards Divorce on Marital Instability in Rural Malawi

Victoria South Ballroom, Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Poster Presentation

Some women in sub-Saharan Africa have successfully managed to promote their own agenda using marital strategies and, in return, have gained greater control over their lives. While we know which factors are likely to predict a union dissolution, we know little about the effects of women's attitudes toward divorce on marital stability in sub-Saharan Africa. To bridge this gap, we use data from the Malawi Longitudinal Study on Family and Health and between 1998 and 2008 to assess the effects of women’s attitude toward divorce on a series of contexts carrying large social and economic implications for a woman in rural Malawi. We use event history analyses to model the risk of divorce over union duration across three attitudinal levels, regions, and by birth cohort. We also use logistic regression analyses to capture the effects of women’s attitudes and socio-demographic and marital characteristics known to have an effect on divorce. Our results show that, overall, a more permissive attitude towards divorce is associated with a greater likelihood of divorce. We also find a variation in the odds of divorcing by contexts, which are influenced by traditional practices, and social norms.

https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/pclc_conf/2015/Day1/31

 

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