MA Research Paper


Master of Arts




Dr. Andrea Willson


This study examines the relationship between divorce and women’s health, looking at whether the negative effects of divorce on health remain controlling for one’s educational attainment. Using data from the 2011 cycle of the Canadian GSS, a logistic regression was conducted to examine the relationship between divorce and health controlling for educational attainment. First, it was hypothesized that divorced women are more likely to report poor health than women who are married, single, or widowed. As expected, being divorced increased the odds of poor health. The second hypothesis was that controlling for educational attainment would reduce the negative consequences of divorce on health. The findings do not support this hypothesis as the negative health effects of divorce remain controlling for education. This suggests that the relationship between divorce and health is quite complex and requires an in-depth analysis of other variables that could be involved.

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