This report presents some of the data on marriage history that were obtained in the 1967 Survey of Economic Opportunity. Table A illustrates the manner in which the data may be interpreted. This table shows the chances of remarriage for persons who were in their first, second, etc., year after a divorce that ended their first marriage.
In the period 1960 to 1966, about 3 out of 10 divorced men remarried in the first year after divorce. Approximately one-fourth of those not remarried by the end of the first year remarried by the end of the second year. Thus, by the end of the second year of divorce, about one-half of the men were remarried. In the period 1950 to 1959, a similar proportion of the divorced men had remarried by the end of the fourth or early part of the fifth year of divorce. Accordingly, there is some evidence that the probabilities of remarriage in most early years of divorce were lower in the 1950's than in the 1960's.
Between 1960 and 1966, one in four divorced women remarried in the first year after divorce. By the end of the third year of divorce, one-half of the divorced women were remarried. In the period 1950 to 1959, one in six divorced women remarried in the first year of divorce. By the end of the fifth year. one-half of the women were remarried.
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