White and Latino Remarriage Differences in the United States: A Case for Moving Beyond the Catholic Assumption: A case for moving beyond the catholic assumption

Catherine B. McNamee*

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Abstract

In the United States, Latinos and non-Hispanic Whites have similar first marriage and divorce rates, but Latinos remarry at lower rates than Whites. Although Latinos are disproportionately more Catholic than Whites, and Latinos remarry less than Whites, assuming that religion is driving the remarriage difference could be a religious congruence fallacy, which occurs when religion is assumed to be the driving influence behind a behavior actually shaped by other forces. The present study utilizes the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and discrete-time event history analysis to examine the influence of religious affiliation and attendance on ethnic remarriage differences. The findings suggest that Catholicism does not account for the lower rates of remarriage of Latinos compared to Whites and provide strong evidence for dispelling the previously untested but frequently assumed Catholic influence on ethnic differences in remarriage. Additionally, Evangelical Protestants, particularly men, appear the most likely to remarry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-250
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Comparative Family Studies
VolumeXLIX
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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