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Boundary crossing in first marriage and remarriage

Author(s): Choi, Kate H.; Tienda, Marta

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Abstract: Owing to secular increases in divorce rates, remarriage has become a prevalent feature of American family life; yet, research about mate selection behavior in higher order marriages remains limited. Using log-linear methods to recent data from the 2008–2014 American Community Survey, we compare racial and ethnic sorting behavior in first and subsequent marriages. The two most frequently crossed boundaries – those involving White-Asian and White-Hispanic couples – are more permeable in remarriages than in first marriages. Boundaries that are crossed with less frequency – those between minority groups and the White-Black boundary-are less permeable in remarriages than in first marriages. Collectively, these findings suggest that racial and ethnic sorting processes in remarriage may reify existing social distances between panethnic groups. Racial and ethnic variations in how the relative permeability of boundary changes between first and higher-order marriages underscore the importance of considering a broad array of interracial pairings when assessing the ways in which changes in family structure and marital sorting behavior promote integration.
Publication Date: Feb-2017
Citation: Choi, Kate H., Tienda, Marta. (2017). Boundary crossing in first marriage and remarriage. Social Science Research, 62 (305 - 316). doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.08.014
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.08.014
ISSN: 0049-089X
Pages: 305 - 316
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Social Science Research
Version: Author's manuscript

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