Divorce Research Update 7-6-2015

 A cross cultural look at the antecedents and consequences of divorce can provide further insights into our understanding of divorce.

A more complete list of research report about divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies published in 2015 or between 2010-2015.

Härkönen, Juho (forthcoming). Divorce. In Scott, Robert A. & Kosslyn, Stephen M. (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.

A nice summary of some theoretical and methodological issues to consider in studying divorce with some good references to this literature in Europe.

Terekhina S.A. Approaches to assessing the psychological well-being of minors when the parents divorce. Psikhologiia i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2015. no. 1, pp. 119–128. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.). Download PDF-fulltext (576 kb)  

Only the abstract is in English, but this summary hints at some careful thinking about the conceptualization of “psychological well-being” in regards to children who have experienced the divorce of their parents.

Andersson, G., Obucina, O. & Scott, K. (2015).  Marriage and Divorce of Immigrants and Descendants to Immigrants in Sweden, Stockholm Research Reports in Demography 2015: 14.  (as noted on the paper this document has not received careful scientific review.)

A thoughtful examination of the marriage, divorce and remarriage patterns among immigrants to Sweden.  The sample is large enough to examine variations among different immigrant groups (e.g., Eastern European and the Middle East/Africa).  The authors explore the differential impact of “migration stress” on the marital patterns of immigrant children and adults.

2012 Updated European Divorce Rates– 39 countries reporting

Thirty-nine European countries have reported their divorce rates to the United Nations.  Russia continues to have the highest divorce rate.  Ireland has the lowest divorce rate.

European Divorce Rates 2012-- 39 countries


2012 Updated World Divorce Rates– 70 countries reporting

The United Nations released its most up to date report on marriages and divorce across the world.  Seventy countries have now reported data. More postings about world divorce rates.   There are 11 countries that have reported their 2013 divorce rates.

Update World Divorce Rates 2012-- 70 countries

Current Trends in Divorce Rates– US and the World

I just reviewed some of the latest demographic information about trends in terms of divorce rates in the US and around the world.  Here are links to these updated summaries. 

What is the divorce rate in Russia?

Divorce rates in Russia 1988 to 2011

The divorce rate in Russia has been higher than any other country for the past several years.  Here is a quick look at those rates over the past 23 years to get a better idea about the pattern of divorce in Russia since the breakup of the USSR.  The highest rate was in 2002 when the rate was 5.9 divorces per 1000 population.  The rates declined for several years then began to climb again in 2008 and seemingly leveling off around 5.0 divorces per 1000 population over the past four years.

Divorce rates for more countries are here…..

More information about patterns of divorce in the US and the world are also available.  

European Divorce Rate– 2010

There is now an updated list showing the 2012 Divorce rates for 39 European countries.

Updated, Crude Divorce Rate-- Europe 2010

The United Nations collects marriage and divorce data for the world.  This chart provides an illustration of the crude divorce rate (number of divorces per 1000 population) for European countries in 2010.  Several countries are not listed which did not report data in 2010.  The most recent crude divorce rates for these countries is as follows:  Albania, 1.1 (2008), Greece, 1.2 (2008), France, 2.0 (2009), Italy, .9 (2009), Portugal, 2.5 (2009), Great Britain,  2.0 (2009).

See the 2011 European Graph. 

More UN demographic reports:

Top 5 Divorce Rates in the World — 2011

Crude Divorce Rate-- Highest 2011Most of the data is missing, but a few countries have reported their divorce rates to the United Nations.  The highest divorce rate that has been reported so far is Russia with a crude divorce rate (number of divorces/1000 population) of 4.7.

A more complete list of the 2011 divorce rates by country are here……