Till Death do us part: Contexts and Implications of Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage across Adulthood
June 2012 Webinar by the Society for the Study of Human Development
The marital tie represents one of the most influential and prevalent relationships in adulthood, with enormous implications for well-being. Better quality marriages are associated with fewer psychological and physical health problems. The life course of marriage and the context in which it occurs, as well as transitions such as divorce and remarriage, require systematic study. The researchers in this webinar examine individuals in different marital situations (engaged, married, divorced, and remarried), and consider several contexts (e.g., in-law relationships, marital happiness, support, caregiving, well-being) across the life span. We will discuss the formation of marital ties in early adulthood and implications for in-law relationships, the development of marital happiness over 16 years, the implications of marital quality for the divorce experience, and the caregiving experience among remarried caregivers. Overall, these studies highlight the diversity of marital experiences which is especially critical given the increasingly complicated family structures individuals experience across the life span.