Dialogue between the quantitative and the qualitative for better understanding the biographies of divorce

Montse Solsona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Check the contributions of the quantitative analysis of divorce based on retrospective surveys and compare these results with those obtained in a qualitative study carried out in Spain in two periods (2008-2012), to better understand the biographies of divorce. Show the lights and shadows of each of these approaches. The key question is how combining the two approaches in a unique research project, to dynamically integrate biographical facts and perceptions of its protagonists. The global dimension is co-parenting and gender relations before and after divorce. Divorce is part of the heart of the recent family changes and in the crossroads of the current tensions in the gender and generations power relations and the construction of the legalities (on shared custody), although very few research have been done in the socio-demography of the divorce in Spain combining both methodologies.

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Presented in Poster Session 3