Divorce Statistics: A Look at Modern Divorce in the U.S. (Pt. 2)
Picking up where Divorce Statistics: A Look at Modern Divorce in the U.S. (Pt. 1) left off, here we will continue our discussion of divorce statistics in the U.S.
While the first part of this blog series focused on highlighting some 2013 divorce statistics, here we will take a closer look at some findings tangentially related to divorce statistics. These findings can reveal why divorce rates are so high, as well as some other interesting facts about modern divorce in the U.S.
While various research has been done regarding divorce, recent studies have revealed some interesting facts about the modern state of divorce in the U.S. Here are just some of these findings:
- There has been an increase in the number of separated and divorced women in the U.S. over recent years – While this may be related to changing social attitudes about divorce (as people are more willing to consider and go through with divorce than they may have been decades ago), it may also stem from the fact that women seem to be far less likely to remarry after going through a divorce.
- Men’s health can be significantly impacted by divorce – In fact, a study in the September 2013 Journal of Men’s Health, reported that men who go through divorce are far more likely to engage in risky behaviors (like abusing alcohol or drugs) and are far more susceptible to developing depression issues (when compared to married men). Here, however, it’s relevant to point out that addiction and depression issues may have contributed to a divorce in the first place (rather than arising out of the divorce). Therefore, more research on this topic is necessary.
- When married people have different drinking habits, divorce is more likely – A study conducted at the University at Buffalo found that, when couples had different drinking habits, the divorce rate among this group was about 50 percent. In contrast, when couples had similar drinking habits (regardless of whether these habits involved less or more consumption of alcohol), the divorce rate declined to about 30 percent.