English title: Consequences of divorces and attitudes towards divorce in Europe

Author(s): Kadri Rootalu -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2008


The aim of the current article is to examine comparatively the consequences of divorces in Europe. Many studies have shown that divorce has a wide range of negative consequences for the couple. These consequences include, for example, financial, psychological and health problems. At the same it is not clear if these problems are due to the divorce or simply a result of personal choices made. The question of whether these consequences are similar in different countries also needs more elaboration. It has been shown that the strength of the impact of divorce depends on the resources divorcees have during and after the divorce.These resources are not only financial but also social or structural. Thus, in the countries where divorces are more common and accepted, divorcees should have more resources to handle the problems resulting from divorce. The results show that there is a relation between the acceptance of divorces and the number of divorces in Europe and that both of these indicators are associated with the intensity of the consequences of divorce for divorcees. The attitudes towards divorces are more favourable in countries where divorces are more common. The more acceptable and common the divorces in a certain country are, the less financial problems divorced persons face and the less they think that their life is not close to how they would like it to be and that other people do not treat them with respect. As to the number and acceptance of divorces, Estonia is more similar to the Nordic countries, and differs from the other post-socialist countries.

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Anthology: Estonia in European Comparison

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