The Consequences Of Divorce For Mothers And Fathers: Unequal But Converging?
|Title||The Consequences Of Divorce For Mothers And Fathers: Unequal But Converging?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal||LIVES Working Paper|
|Type of Article||RESEARCH PAPER|
|Keywords||change, divorce, happiness, income, well-being|
If families adhere to a male breadwinner model, mothers and fathers accumulate different kinds of resources. On one hand, this implies that divorces have different consequences for mothers and fathers. While a divorce translates mothers’ low career investments into greater economic consequences for them, fathers suffer more emotionally due to deteriorations of the relationships with their children. On the other hand, the consequences of divorce converge between mothers and fathers over time as gender roles become more egalitarian. For the context of Switzerland, this study tests whether a) divorce leads to greater declines in economic well-being for mothers than for fathers, b) whether mothers report smaller declines in emotional well-being than fathers and c) whether or not these patterns were stable between a cohort of parents who divorced in the 1990s and a cohort of parents who divorced between 2009 and 2013.