Regional analysis of divorce in China since 1980

Demography. 2000 May;37(2):215-9.


This paper estimates and discusses divorce measures in China and its 30 provinces since 1980. The propensity for divorce in China increased 42% between 1982 and 1990. Substantial increases in divorce were observed in all provinces except Xinjiang and Shanxi. We found a fairly strong regional pattern of divorce in China: Divorce rates were lowest on the east coast and in eastern areas, highest in the northwest and the northeast, and moderate in the middle and southern parts of the country. Descriptive explanations of trends and regional variations are presented.

MeSH terms

  • China / epidemiology
  • Data Collection
  • Demography
  • Divorce / statistics & numerical data*