Abstract/Details

The importance of being married: Marriage choice and its consequences in Brazil

Greene, Margaret Eleanor. University of Pennsylvania, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1991. 9125655.

Abstract (summary)

This research examines the factors which affect the choice of formal or informal marriage in Brazil, and the consequences of that choice for marital stability and fertility. Brazil, with its diverse marriage forms and unique history is an ideal setting for this study. The 1984 National Household Survey and a series of qualitative interviews are used for this research. Marriage choice is a function of cultural, socioeconomic, and structural factors, weighed differently by women of different ages and marriage orders. Type of marriage remains a strong predictor of marital stability and fertility even when other factors are controlled for. Marital stability itself plays an important role in distinguishing informal marriages from formal, and having children contributes to marital stability. The fact that women who enter informal marriages are likely to experience more than one marriage results in higher fertility for these women than occurs within each particular marriage. Informal marriage appears not to be entirely advantageous to women because it is less stable than formal marriage, and women remain responsible for children after separation. They are aware of these risks and often prefer formal marriage.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Demographics;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology
Classification
0938: Demographics
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
The importance of being married: Marriage choice and its consequences in Brazil
Author
Greene, Margaret Eleanor
Number of pages
265
Publication year
1991
Degree date
1991
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 52/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Jacobs, Jerry A.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9125655
ProQuest document ID
303958423
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/303958423/abstract