Spousal homogamy and marital dissolution in the highly educated science and engineering population of the United States

dc.contributor.advisorSparks, Johnelle
dc.contributor.authorCase, Jinny
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSparks, Corey
dc.contributor.committeeMemberXu, Xiaohe
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSingelmann, Joachim
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-09T19:29:21Z
dc.date.available2024-02-09T19:29:21Z
dc.date.issued2013
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dc.description.abstractIdentifying attributes that are associated with marriage for scientists and engineers is important because such a key part of their personal lives may either positively or negatively influence their occupational trajectory. This research addresses the following questions using data from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients to explore the marital and union dissolution patterns of a unique population, scientists and engineers in the United States. Is sex associated with the likelihood of marrying a partner with similar educational or occupational characteristics? Is the relationship between sex and homogamy for the highly educated technical workforce mediated by other characteristics, such as field of study, occupation, or work history? How do sex and homogamy interact along with other characteristics to influence marital dissolution in the form of separation or divorce? These questions are evaluated using social mobility tables and logistic regression on a nationally representative dataset of science and engineering doctorates to reveal the relationship that gender has on marriage matching in the highly educated. Sex is positively related to homogamy, and being in a homogamous relationship lowers the risk of union dissolution for females. Also, minorities underrepresented in science and engineering have higher odds of experiencing divorce or separation over time.
dc.description.departmentDemography
dc.format.extent156 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9781303390951
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/2948
dc.languageen
dc.subjectdivorce
dc.subjectengineer
dc.subjecthomogamy
dc.subjectmarriage
dc.subjectscientist
dc.subjectSurvey of Doctorate Recipients
dc.subject.classificationDemography
dc.subject.classificationSociology
dc.subject.classificationIndividual & family studies
dc.titleSpousal homogamy and marital dissolution in the highly educated science and engineering population of the United States
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentDemography
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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