What Every American Should Know About
In America, we have an unfortunate but well
known phrase that goes something like this, “Divorce
happens.” Sadly, divorce has become a regrettable
characteristic deeply embedded into the social fabric of
our society. Its implications cut across all ethnic,
social, economic and educational dividing lines.
A report (released in
2001) conducted by Dr. Edward Sondik, the then director of
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, opened our eyes to
critical issues concerning; marriage, divorce and remarriage in
the United States. It revealed that forty three percent of 1st
marriages ended in separation or divorce within fifteen years.
Recent statistics (four years later) shows an upward trend that
has the divorce rate hovering around 50%.
When it comes to
divorce, like everyone else, you may have more questions than
answers. What precipitates divorce? Are there any predictable
telltale signs? What happens after divorce? How does divorce
impact children? How does divorce impact men/women? The study
performed by Dr. Sondik and other indepth reports sheds some
light on this alarming issue. Peruse this brief synopsis of the
impact of divorce.
Separation and divorce
can have adverse effects on the health and well being of
children and adults. Divorce is associated with more health
problems, higher rates of mortality and more risky behaviors
such as increased alcohol use.
Research performed at
UCLA and Yale reports, "Researchers have consistently found
that highest rates of mental disorder among the divorced and
separated.” The lowest instances of psychological issues was
found among the married, happily of course.
The research on
suicide published in Social Science Quarterly revealed that, of
all the variables, divorce had the strongest relationship to
suicide rates and marriage had the lowest. Statistics show that
divorced individuals are three times more
likely to commit suicide than those who are married.
In the report, "First
Marriage Dissolution, Divorce, and Remarriage: United
States," it was found that 1 in 3 first marriages ends within
10 years and 1 in 5 end within five years. These findings were
based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth, a
study of 10,847 women 15-44 years of age.
Divorce and a
We’re not sure why this
significant barometer is overlooked by masses; but the duration
of marriage and the possibility of divorce is highly linked to
a woman’s age at her first marriage. The older a woman is at
her first marriage, the longer that marriage is likely to last.
For example, fifty nine percent of marriages with the brides 18
and under end in separation or divorce within 15 years. Compare
that with thirty six percent of the women who married at age 20
Divorce and Remarriage
Younger women who divorce are more likely to remarry.
Statistically speaking, 81% of those who divorced before age 25
remarry within 10 years. That’s compared to 68 percent of those
divorced at age 25 or over.
Statistics For 1st, 2nd and 3rd
In America the divorce
rate for first marriages is in the 41% to 50% range depending
on what part of the country you reside in. The divorce rate of
second marriages ranges 60% to 67%. After the third marriage,
the divorce rate climbs to a startling 73% to 74%.
What do these divorce statistics mean? They mean we must admit
obvious; we have been doing marriage altogether wrong! It is
past time for us to find out where we have been missing it and
get things back on track.
Triplett is the author of “Why People Choose The Wrong Mate;
Avoiding The 9 Deadly Booby Traps” and Director of the Naked
Truth Seminars, where he dispenses the naked truth concerning,
love, sex, relationships and marriage.