European views of divorce among parents of young children
We examine differences across Europe in attitudes towards divorce involving young children. Our main hypothesis is that these attitudes are partly based on people’s assessment of the consequences of divorce for the children involved, and thus that these attitudes are less favourable in countries where poverty among single parent households is common than in countries where such poverty is rare. Our sample consists of 37,975 individuals from 22 countries, obtained from the European Social Survey (2006). Multilevel analyses are performed. Findings confirm our main hypothesis. Additionally, cross-level interactions indicate that poverty among single parents has the strongest impact on mothers’ divorce attitudes.
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