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WHAT DIVORCE STATISTICS TELL ABOUT IMPROVING MARRIAGE STABILITY

24May
2010
It’s a well know fact that about half of all marriages end in divorce, or is it? A recent Time magazine article questioned the often cited statistic and found that while the divorce rate may still be grim it may not apply to all marriages equally across the board. That’s because research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School suggests that age and education may play a key factor in whether that walk down the isle is going to be successful.

According to the study, a full 81 percent of college graduates who married in the 1980’s at 26 years of age or older were still married 20 years later. Yet only 65 percent of college graduates who married in the 1980’s while they were younger than 26 years old made it that far. Further revealing, the research disclosed that only 49 percent of high school graduates who wed in the 1980’s while they were under 26 years old celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

What can be concluded from this? It seemed that the less-educated, lower income couples split up more often than college graduates. This presumes that the non-college graduates ended up being lower wage earners than those with a college degree. It was clear, however, that delaying marriage and going to school improves marital stability.

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