Research Suggests Children of Divorce Are More Likely to End Their Own Marriages

by Norris Law Group on December 2, 2013

Research Suggests Children of Divorce Are More Likely to End Their Own Marriages“Growing up in a divorced family greatly increases the chances of ending one’s own marriage, a phenomenon called the divorce cycle or the intergenerational transmission of divorce,” according to a 2005 study by University of Utah researcher Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Consumer Studies.

Wolfinger published the results of his study in his book, Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in Their Own Marriages, in which he also writes, “Divorce is an important topic because it has so many consequences for well-being…Its transmission between generations adds a whole new dimension by perpetuating the cycle of divorce. … The divorce cycle, in short, can be thought of as a cascade. Ending a marriage starts a cycle that threatens to affect increasing numbers of people over time, a sobering thought in an era when half of all new marriages fail.”

Wolfinger’s research also suggests that if one spouse comes from divorced parents, the couple may be up to twice as likely to divorce. Spouses who are both children of divorce are three times more likely to divorce as couples who come from intact families.

Wolfinger gathered his research over the course of a decade, which was funded by the Birely Foundation. He based his study on the National Survey of Families and Households, which provided family backgrounds for 13,000 people, and the General Social Survey, which surveyed 20,000 respondents over thirty years.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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