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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Crude divorce rate

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Crude divorce rate  (CRUDE divorce rate)

A divorce rate 1 can be calculated in different ways. The crude divorce rate 2 gives the ratio of the number of divorces to the average population during a given period. The ratio of divorces to the number of married couples is sometimes computed and may be called the divorce rate for married persons 3. If divorces are tabulated by the age of the divorced person or by duration of marriage, age-specific divorce rates 4 and duration-specific divorce rates 5 can be computed. Another index of divorce frequency is obtained by computing the number of divorces per new marriage 6.

  • 6. This is a period measure which relates the divorces of one year, either to the marriages of that year, or to a weighted average of the marriages of several years. In cohort analysis, it is possible to relate divorces in successive years to an initial marriage cohort to compute the cumulated proportion divorced.