Christine Schwartz awarded R03 investigating trends in divorce and relationship dissolution 

Congratulations to Christine Schwartz for her NIH-funded R03 “The Divorce Decline and Relationship Stability: 1970-2019.” Christine Schwartz is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Sociology, with her primary research interests including social demography, family, and stratification.

“The Divorce Decline and Relationship Stability: 1970-2019 is an NIH-funded R03 on trends in divorce and relationship dissolution in the United States,” Schwartz shared. “We use data from the National Survey of Family Growth and the Health and Retirement Study that, when combined, support population-representative estimates of trends in divorce, marital dissolution, and co-residential union dissolution for a wide age range of individuals. We examine how changes in selection into marriage and population composition have contributed to divorce trends. Results from this research will inform how to interpret the observed divorce decline since the late 1970s and have implications for understanding shifts in children’s family stability, the living arrangements of older adults, increasing socioeconomic differences in family demographic patterns, and their potential effects on health and well-being.”

Congratulations, Christine! To learn more about Christine’s research, which has appeared in a number of leading journals including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Demography, and Gender & Society, visit her website.