What is it about?

The chances of divorce differ between marriages were both married for the first time compared to marriages where one or both have been married before. Different constellations of marriages were investigated, were both married for the first time, one married for the first time with one who married for the second time, both married for the second time and, finally, at least one married for the third time or more. All marriages formed in Norway between 1981 and 2013 were investigated with a follow-up period as long as 32 years.

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Why is it important?

Investigations of marriage and divorce have mainly been conducted on first marriages compared to all re-married as one uniform group. Due to the high prevalence of divorce, the group of re-married has been more and more diverse and needs a more thorough investigation. Since most research has only been investigating trends early in marriages, there has been a lack of long-time follow up. Hence, this study is investigating different constellations of re-marriages and prospectively follow those marriages for as long as 32 years.

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It has been a privilege to be able to investigate marriages and divorces using data including not just a sample but all marriages in a country. That marriages that consist of two persons who married for the first time has the highest chances of lasting is not a surprise, but that the large differences between the groups are highest in the early years of marriage and declines after many years of follow up is novel. It was also a surprise that the effect of prior marriage was significantly higher in Norway compared to US samples.

Rune Zahl-Olsen
Sorlandet Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Divorce and Remarriage in Norway: A Prospective Cohort Study Between 1981 and 2013, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, May 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2019.1619378.
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