Why do you think people get divorced? If you’re like a lot of people,
your immediate answers will probably have to do with infidelity (cheating),
money problems, and emotional issues – of course these are all valid
divorce in the United States.
If you ask any young engaged couple who long they think their marriage
will last, they’ll probably say, “Until we die,” but
little do they know they have about a 50 percent chance of making it to
their 20th wedding anniversary.
Not surprisingly, the American Psychological Association reports that up
to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. The risk of divorce is even
higher for second and subsequent marriages.
According to the
Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults, of more than 1,000 18 and 19-year-olds surveyed, 86 percent of them expected
their marriages to last. However, the participants who didn’t feel
that way, had no plans on marrying
While we can certainly empathize with these young optimists, unfortunately,
many experts agree that they’re only kidding themselves. According
to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the chance
of being married for 20 years is 52 percent for women and 56 percent for men.
As a result of the various marriage studies, experts have concluded that
the rate of divorce is somewhere between 40 and 50 percent in the United
States. For years, psychologists have been trying to figure out why so
many marriages end in divorce.
Now, thanks to studies conducted over long periods of time, the causes
of divorce are finally becoming more clear.
“Today, we have a pretty good idea of what’s likely to make
for a good marriage,” said Arthur Aron, PhD, a researcher at Stony
What We Learned About Divorce
So, what do we know about divorce in the United States? Here is some of
what we’ve learned:
- Foreign-born Hispanic men and Asian women have the highest chance of a
marriage lasting 20 or more years (70 percent), according to the NCHS.
- Black women are the least likely to have a marriage last 20 years (37 percent)
reports the NCHS.
- For white and black men, the chance of reaching the 20-year benchmark is
50 percent, according to the NCHS.
- According to a 2009 report from the University of Virginia’s National
Marriage Project, finances play a role. A couple with no assets are 70
percent more likely to divorce by their third anniversary compared to
couples with $10,000 in assets.
In addition to the above, research has found that marrying at a young age,
and having less education are two major contributing factors that lead
to divorce. Couples who are college-educated and marry later in life are
less likely to divorce than high school graduates who marry young.
So, if you don’t have a college degree and you married in your late
teens or early twenties, the odds were stacked against you from the start.
To learn more about the causes of divorce, check out what the American
Psychological Association has to say on the subject by
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