More on Marriage and Divorce Data

July 6, 2007

We posted below on the lack of detailed information on marriage and divorce. There are alternative resources available at the National Center for Health Statistics that enable one to draw inferences as to the marriage and divorce patterns of Americans.

In July 2002, we published Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the United States. From our press release at the time:

Among the findings in the report: unmarried cohabitations overall are less stable than marriages.  The probability of a first marriage ending in separation or divorce within 5 years is 20 percent, but the probability of a premarital cohabitation breaking up within 5 years is 49 percent.  After 10 years, the probability of a first marriage ending is 33 percent, compared with 62 percent for cohabitations.

The study suggests that both cohabitations and marriages tend to last longer under certain conditions, such as:  a woman’s age at the time cohabitation or marriage began; whether she was raised throughout childhood in an intact 2-parent family; whether religion plays an important role in her life; and whether she had a higher family income or lived in a community with high median family income, low male unemployment, and low poverty.

The tabular data provides a wealth of information cross tabbed by age, education, income, etc. It is a must-read for anyone writing on this subject. If you have questions give us a call at 301.458.4800.

Marriage and Divorce Statistics

July 6, 2007

We get a lot of questions on marriages and divorces. Unfortunately we are unable to answer very many of them.

 On December 15, 1995 the National Center for Health Statistics filed a notice in the Federal Register of its intent to stop collecting detailed information on marriages and divorces from state governments through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.

As a result, the last comprehensive data on marriages and divorces covers the period 1989-1990 (downloads available at links).

Currently data are available on the total number of marriages performed in the United States and each state. We provide a divorce rate for the nation and the number of divorces and annulments recorded in those states which report their data to us. California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, and Minnesota do not report divorce data.

At these links are marriage and divorce data from 1920 through November 2006. Newer data are reported in publications of our National Vital Statistics Reports and can be found here.

Heart attacks and hospitalization

July 6, 2007

Every week the National Center for Health Statistics produces a feature called QuickStats for the CDC’s publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which highlights interesting and relevant data from NCHS data collection programs.

This week it highlights hospitalizations rates for coronary atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarction for the period 1996-2005. These data come from the National Hospital Discharge Survey.


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

July 5, 2007

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is defined as the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough case investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the clinical history.

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants aged 1 to 12 months, and is the third leading cause overall of infant mortality in the United States. Although the overall rate of SIDS in the United States has declined by more than 50% since 1990, rates have declined less among non-Hispanic Black and American Indian/Alaska Native infants. Preventing SIDS remains an important public health priority.

Data on SIDS from National Center for Health Statistics mortality reports document the decline of SIDS as a cause of death.

CDC Surveys Home Care and Hospice Aids

July 5, 2007

An overlooked part of our health care system is those persons who work as aids in hospices and private homes . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics is kicking off a major national study of the working conditions, education, and practices:

The 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS)  conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin in August 2007, to collect information on this important segment of health care in America. The latest in a series of surveys about home health agencies and hospices, the 2007 survey will include a first-ever, nationwide survey of home health aides, the group that provides the majority of direct care to the Nation’s 1.5 million home health and hospice patients.