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Analysing the effect of educational differences between partners: a methodological/theoretical comparison

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The effect of educational differences between partners on marital quality and stability is commonly analyzed using difference, or compound measures. This article considers the theoretical foundations for these approaches and examines an alternative approach, diagonal reference models (DRMs). The three methods are then compared empirically, using data on 629 married couples from the survey Child-Rearing and Family in the Netherlands. Difference measures show no effect on marital satisfaction, whereas compound measures and DRMs do show an effect. As DRMs also allow for the quantification of this effect, while being theoretically and methodologically appropriate, they are affirmed the best method.
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ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH, MARRIAGE, HETEROGAMY, STATUS-INCONSISTENCY, MARITAL QUALITY, SOCIAL-MOBILITY, DIVORCE, MODELS, SATISFACTION, CONGRUENCE

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Eeckhaut, Mieke, Bart Van de Putte, Jan Gerris, and Ad Vermulst. 2013. “Analysing the Effect of Educational Differences Between Partners: a Methodological/theoretical Comparison.” European Sociological Review 29 (1): 60–73.
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Eeckhaut, Mieke, Van de Putte, B., Gerris, J., & Vermulst, A. (2013). Analysing the effect of educational differences between partners: a methodological/theoretical comparison. EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW, 29(1), 60–73.
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Eeckhaut M, Van de Putte B, Gerris J, Vermulst A. Analysing the effect of educational differences between partners: a methodological/theoretical comparison. EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW. 2013;29(1):60–73.
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Eeckhaut, Mieke, Bart Van de Putte, Jan Gerris, et al. “Analysing the Effect of Educational Differences Between Partners: a Methodological/theoretical Comparison.” EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW 29.1 (2013): 60–73. Print.
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  abstract     = {The effect of educational differences between partners on marital quality and stability is commonly analyzed using difference, or compound measures. This article considers the theoretical foundations for these approaches and examines an alternative approach, diagonal reference models (DRMs). The three methods are then compared empirically, using data on 629 married couples from the survey Child-Rearing and Family in the Netherlands. Difference measures show no effect on marital satisfaction, whereas compound measures and DRMs do show an effect. As DRMs also allow for the quantification of this effect, while being theoretically and methodologically appropriate, they are affirmed the best method.},
  author       = {Eeckhaut, Mieke and Van de Putte, Bart and Gerris, Jan and Vermulst, Ad},
  issn         = {0266-7215},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {60--73},
  title        = {Analysing the effect of educational differences between partners: a methodological/theoretical comparison},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcr040},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2013},
}

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