Higher Divorce Risk if Wife Gets Ill?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A New study shows the risk of divorce among older couples rises when the wife becomes seriously ill.
For the study, researchers examined how the onset of cancer, health problems, lung disease, and stroke affected marriages. They analyzed 20 years of data on more than 2,700 marriages.
The results showed 31 percent of marriages ended in divorce over the period studied. Also, the incidence of new chronic illness onset increased over time, with more husbands than wives developing serious health problems.
“We found that women are doubly vulnerable to marital dissolution in the face of illness,” Amelia Karraker, a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, was quoted as saying. "They are more likely to be widowed, and if they are the ones who become ill, they are more likely to get divorced."
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SOURCE: University of Michigan, May 2014
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