Monday, 18 March 2013

College Education Doesn't Help African-American Women Avoid Divorce


Extensive research in this area has indicated that married couples, who have attended college, are much less likely to divorce, compared to couples with lower levels of education.  However, African-American women seem to be the exemption.  According to a new study, African-American women just don't seem to enjoy the same degree of protection from marital troubles that a college education or a college degree provides.
In the white population, a college education is associated with a much lower level of divorce, and San Jose divorce lawyers have seen this protective effect of a college degree in many generations of white woman.  However, among African American women, higher education is not necessarily linked to a lower risk of divorce.  The study was published recently in the Journal Family Relations, and found that while the divorce rate for white women has remained more or less steady since 1980, the divorce rate for African-American women is less stable. 
As part of the study, the researchers focused on white women as well as African-American women, who were in 5-year-old marriages.  During the course of the study, which analyzed couples from 1975 to 1979 ending in 1995 to 1999, researchers found that the number of white women with a college education increased consistently.  However, among African-American women, post secondary education rates peaked around the 80s, and began dropping again in the 90s.
During this period of time, the number of white women getting divorces actually declined, while there was an increase in the number of African-American women getting a divorce.
One possible explanation for this disparity between white and African-American women is that a college education typically translates into higher income and financial stability for a white woman.  That doesn't always happen for African-American women with the same level of education.

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