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Repartnering after marital dissolution: does context play a role?

Silvia Meggiolaro, Università di Padova
Fausta Ongaro, Università di Padova

This paper examines in depth the determinants of repartnering in Italy. With data from a national survey conducted in 2003, the effects of socio-economic, demographic and contextual characteristics on second-union formation among separated women are examined. The analysis is of a particular interest in a country such as Italy, which is undergoing a transition from traditional to modern family behaviours. In addition, it allows us to verify the hypothesis that the importance of demographic factors in the repartnering process decreases as marital instability becomes more common. Results of event history analysis models confirm the basic hypothesis and show some unexpected effects.

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Presented in Poster Session 2: Poster Session 2: fertility, family and children