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Stability rates of same sex couples: With and without children

TitleStability rates of same sex couples: With and without children
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsAllen, D., and Price J.
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Pages51 - 71
Keywordschildren, divorce, same-sex relationships, stability of relationships

In contrast to earlier studies, several recent ones have claimed that stability rates among same-sex couples are similar to those of different-sex couples. This article reexamines these latest accounts and provides new evidence regarding stability rates using three large, nationally representative datasets from the United States and Canada. Confirming the earliest work, we find that same-sex couples are more likely to break up than different-sex couples. We find that the gap in stability is larger for couples with children, the very group for which concerns about stability are the most important.

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