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Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the U.S.

he report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and prepared by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, is designed to present estimates of the patterns of cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the United States as of 1995. The CDC has strived to gather and present the information in greater detail than has ever been done for the United States. They have included not only individual information, but community and religious factors as well. Below are some of the findings. To access the entire report, click on the link below. (may take a few minutes to download)

* After 5 years, 1 in 5 first marriages (20%) have disrupted in either separation or divorce. After 10 years, one-third (33%) of first marriages have disrupted. However, there are differences in ethnicity: After 10 years:
o 32 percent of white women?s first marriages have dissolved
o 34 percent of Hispanics first marriages have dissolved
o 47 percent of black women?s first marriages have dissolved
o 20 percent of Asian women?s first marriages have dissolved
* Age at marriage is associated with the risk of marital disruption. After 10 years:
o 48 percent of first marriages of brides under age 18 have disrupted
o 24 percent of first marriages of brides at least age 25 at marriage have disrupted
* By age 30, three-quarters of women in the U.S. have been married and about half have cohabited outside of marriage.
* Compared with unmarried people, married men and women tend to have lower mortality, less risky behavior, more monitoring of health, more satisfaction with their sexual lives, more savings, and higher wages.
* Compared to married individuals, divorced persons exhibit lower levels of psychological well-being, more health problems, greater risk of mortality, more social isolation, less satisfying sex lives, more negative life events, greater levels of depression and alcohol use, and lower levels of happiness and self-acceptance.
* Even when a mother remarries, studies suggest that children in stepfamilies have similar risks of adverse outcomes as children in single-parent families: both groups of children do worse than children living with two biological parents in terms of academic achievement, depression, and behavior problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, premarital sexual intercourse, and being arrested.
* For all women, the probability of a first premarital cohabitation becoming a marriage is 58 % after 3 years of cohabitation and 70% after 5 years of cohabitation.
* The probability of first cohabitation disruption (includes those who married and then divorced) for all women is 39 % within 3 years and 49% within 5 years.
* The higher the importance attached to religion, the lower the likelihood of marital disruption.
* The probability of first marriage dissolution is substantially higher for women how did not grow up in a two-parent intact family.
* 54% of divorced women remarry within 5 years and 75% remarry within 10 years.

For additional statistics, download the entire report by clicking on the link at the top of the document.

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