The Latino remarriage conundrum : explaining the divergence in Latino and white marital transitions in remarriage

dc.contributor.advisorRaley, R. Kellyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAnderson, Edwarden
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCavanagh, Shannonen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHummer, Roberten
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRegnerus, Marken
dc.creatorMcNamee, Catherine Barberaen
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-25T17:30:43Zen
dc.date.available2012-10-25T17:30:43Zen
dc.date.issued2012-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2012en
dc.date.updated2012-10-25T17:30:52Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this dissertation was to investigate the Latino remarriage conundrum: Latinos have first marriage and divorce rates similar to whites but notably lower remarriage rates than whites. What explains this divergence in race, ethnicity and nativity (R-E-N) differences for remarriage? The question is particularly intriguing because the R-E-N patterns for first marriage and divorce are often explained as a consequence of Latinos having a cultural orientation that promotes pronuptial values. Despite having socioeconomic disadvantage compared to whites, this view suggests that Latinos marry and divorce at rates similar to whites because of their strong cultural attachment to marriage. The conundrum is how could pronuptial values fully account for Latino-white patterns in marriage and divorce but not for remarriage? To investigate the Latino remarriage conundrum, I utilized a mixed method approach using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979-2010 (NLSY79), the National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2010 (NSFG) surveys and 23 in-depth interviews with recently divorced white and Latina women. I examined a variety of economic, cultural, and social factors to explore why remarriage patterns differ from marriage and divorce among R-E-N groups. Findings suggest that religious affiliation, parental reactions to post-divorce dating, and socioeconomic preferences for remarriage influence white-Latino remarriage differences.en
dc.description.departmentSociologyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-08-6009en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-08-6009en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectRemarriageen
dc.subjectRaceen
dc.subjectEthnicityen
dc.subjectNativityen
dc.subjectHispanicen
dc.subjectLatinosen
dc.titleThe Latino remarriage conundrum : explaining the divergence in Latino and white marital transitions in remarriageen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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