This study uses the qualitative survey data collected from Gansu, Anhui and Fujian to discuss why separate peasant couples are willing to maintain the integrity of marriage and family from four dimensions such as marital satisfaction, marital alternative, divorce barriers and marriage investment,and summarizes the mechanism for maintaining the marriage from the cognitive and behavioral dimension. The study finds that household livelihood has been improved after husbands out-migrate to earn money, marital conflicts has been reduced,marital satisfaction has been improved,thus marital stability has been promoted. Migrant workers and their wives have to maintain their marriages because of the existence of divorce barriers and the lack of marital alternatives. Migrant workers and their wives need to maintain their marriages because of marital investments.
Journal of Jiangnan University(Humanities & Social Sciences)