ABSTRACT

Between 1900 and 1965 the crude rate of divorce (i.e., divorce per 1,000 population) rose from 0.7 to 2.5 (Plateris, 1969), and by 1981 stood at 5.3 (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1985). Using a more refined index, the number of divorces per 1,000 married women 15 years old and over reveals a similar situation. This rate increased from 9.2 in 1960 to 14.9 in 1970 and to nearly 23 in 1981 (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1987). The annual number of divorces passed the 1 million mark for the first time in 1975, and reached an all time high of 1.2 million in 1981 (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1985).