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Partnership satisfaction in Czechia during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Demographic Research
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords COVID-19; family; pandemic; partnership; separation
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Description Background: There are several published investigations of family life during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, only a few describe trends in partnership quality, and none do so for the later stages of the pandemic. Objective: We want to show how various measures of partnership quality develop over time and whether trends differ by respondent’s sex and education. Methods: We use non-parametric descriptive methods based on aggregated weekly measures of subjectively assessed partnership quality and separation proneness. These dependent variables are obtained from a preliminary version of the Czech GGS2 survey; all respondents interviewed between May and December 2021 are retained for analysis. We apply a scatter plot smoother to weekly means and display them graphically. Results: We document a massive deterioration in both measures of partnership quality. For instance, separation proneness increased from 2% to 28% between May and December 2021. The trend was more pronounced among women and individuals without college education. Among less-educated women separation proneness reached 35% in December 2021. Contribution: This paper suggests that the negative effects of COVID-19 may unfold and cumulate over a long period and may become extreme, especially when combined with additional external stressors such as rising price levels and energy market turbulence, which were apparent in Czechia in the latter half of 2021.
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