GO-CTA vs. Logit Models: Gender and Desirability of Divorce

Paul R. Yarnold

Optimal Data Analysis, LLC

In prior reseach a sample of N = 601 male and N = 783 female parents in unhappy relationships used a five-point Likert-type scale ranging from 0 (much better to divorce) to 4 (much worse to divorce) to respond to a survey item: “When a marriage is troubled and unhappy, do you think it is generally better for the children if the couple stays together or gets divorced?” No logit model achieved acceptable fit in modeling the responses of men and women on the desirability of divorce scale. GO-CTA revealed that a single model underlies the data, yielding a statistically significant but relatively weak effect.

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