Exploring the Increased Odds of Divorce Following Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Karina M. Shreffler, Patricia Wonch Hill, Joanne Cacciatore

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We build on recent studies on the consequences of miscarriage and stillbirth for women to assess the (a) odds of divorce among women who experienced a loss compared to those who did not; and (b) fertility-specific characteristics that increase odds of divorce. Utilizing a nationally representative sample of 3,461 women who have ever been pregnant and married, we find that women who experienced miscarriage or stillbirth have greater odds of divorce than women who did not experience a loss, and we highlight the importance of characteristics associated with the pregnancy and loss experiences: gestation length, whether the pregnancy had been planned, and experiencing multiple losses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-107
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • attachment
  • commitment
  • divorce
  • fertility
  • loss
  • miscarriage
  • stillbirth


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