Marital Instability: A Comparative Study of China and Taiwan

By S. Lynne Rich and Xiaohe Xu.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Utilizing the East Asian Social Survey (EASS), this study investigates the determinants of marital instability in China and Taiwan in the later part of the 1990s. Drawing insights from the resource and gender perspectives, the central goal of this study is to use advanced quantitative techniques to explore how resources, gendered marital roles, and gender ideologies affect marital instability in these two societies. Results from multivariate statistical analyses suggest that the effects of resources, gender roles, and gender ideologies on marital instability vary modestly across the societies and the two gender groups. While the overall findings lent limited support to the resource-based theory, gender ideologies and to a lesser extent, gender roles, emerged as the most consistent predictors of marital instability in China and Taiwan. Data limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: Divorce, Asia, Resources, Gender, Marital Instability, China, Taiwan

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.153-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.861MB).

Dr. S. Lynne Rich

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, USA

Susan Lynne Rich is assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Her recent research focuses on marital instability in East Asian societies. Other work includes consequences of the one-child policy and family life satisfaction in urban China. Dr. Rich’s research has been published in Gender and Society and the International Journal of Comparative Sociology.

Dr. Xiaohe Xu

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Xiaohe Xu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and was Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Michigan in 1994. He has published extensively on marital relationships in the U.S., China, and Taiwan.


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