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50% of couples thinking of divorce reconsider a year later

50% of couples thinking of divorce reconsider a year later
From Global News - August 2, 2017

EDMONTONA new study suggests many people contemplating divorce have a change of heart a year later.

Researchers at the University of Alberta and Brigham Young University in Utah conducted an online survey of 3,000 Americans aged 25 to 50 who have been married at least a year. One out of four of the respondents said they had thought about divorce in the last six months.

The study suggests half of those considering divorce had a significant change in their feelings when they were asked again a year later.

LISTEN:Newstalk 770s Rob Breakenridge chats to Adam Galovan, co-author of this study.


Marriage has its ebbs and flows, said Adam Galovan, a family scientist in the University of Albertas Department of Human Ecology and co-author of the study.

A lot of them just need some time.

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Of those who said they thought about divorce in the past, but not recently, about 90 per cent said they were glad they stuck it out with their spouses.

The researchers grouped those thinking about divorce into three categoriessoft, serious and conflicted. The soft thinkers were generally more hopeful about improving their marriages than the serious thinkers.

A third group dubbed conflicted thinkers yielded some intriguing results, said Galovan.

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