Study finds surprising top predictor of divorce

Study finds surprising top predictor of divorce


03/10/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

North Carolina – A new study has found that a top predictor of whether a couple will divorce is they age they were when they began living together. As reported by The Christian Science Monitor, the research recently released by the Council on Contemporary Families suggests that age, not premarital cohabitation as many social scientists have long believed, is the biggest predictor of divorce.

Arielle Kuperburg, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, is quoted as stating of the research findings, “Up until now, we’ve had this mysterious finding that cohabitation causes divorce… Nobody’s been able to explain it. And now we have – it was that people were measuring it the wrong way.”

Stephanie Coontz, director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families, is further quoted as remarking of potential factors that make age such a relevant factor in this case, “Marriages require much more maturity than they once did… Nowadays, people come to marriage with independent aspirations and much greater ideas of equality. Maturity is so important, and negotiating skills are so much more important.”

The research was released on Monday.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – North Carolina News

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