The Short-Term and Decade-Long Effects of Divorce on Women's Midlife Health∗

  title={The Short-Term and Decade-Long Effects of Divorce on Women's Midlife Health∗},
  author={Frederick O. Lorenz and Kandauda A. S. Wickrama and Rand D. Conger and Glen H. Elder},
  journal={Journal of Health and Social Behavior},
  pages={111 - 125}
We hypothesize that divorce immediately increases psychological distress and has long-term negative consequences for the physical health of divorced people. In addition, we hypothesize that divorce indirectly causes long-term increases in distress through stressful midlife events. The hypotheses are tested using data from 416 rural Iowa women who were interviewed repeatedly in the early 1990s when they were mothers of adolescent children; the women were interviewed again in 2001. The data… 

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