Men think about divorce more than women
March 8, 2017 5 comments
Men are more likely to consider the possibility of divorce than women, new research suggests.
In a survey of more than 2,300 people almost a quarter – 24 per cent – of married men claimed they had at least thought about bringing their relationship to an end. By contrast only 11 per cent of married women reported similar feelings.
Overall one in five married people said they had thought about divorce and only seven per cent claimed they had “definitely considered” the possibility. The majority of those polled – 62 per cent – said they were “very satisfied” with their marriage while 26 per cent were “pretty satisfied”.
Only 12 per cent of married people said they were either “unsatisfied” or “unhappy” with their relationship.
The survey was conducted by the United States-based lawyer search website Avvo. Author Dr Nika Kabiri is the site’s Law and Society analyst. She suggested that the discrepancy between the numbers who said they were not happy with their marriage and those who had thought about breaking up was not all that surprising. Many people who consider splitting up are “simply wondering what other possibilities are out there, even if you are happy where you are”.
Dr Kabiri explained:
“Considering divorce is part of evaluating the health of a marriage … Doing so doesn’t necessarily mean you’re serious about leaving.”
Although men were twice as likely to think about the end of their relationship, previous studies and statistics have shown that wives initiate divorce more often than husbands. Official figures from Ireland revealed that almost two thirds of all divorces in Ireland in 2015 were initiated by women.
Read the full Avvo survey here.
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March 8, 2017