Woman's Hesitation Before Wedding Linked to Higher Divorce Rates

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Woman's Hesitation Before Wedding Linked to Higher Divorce Rates
Wed 19-09-2012

According to Live Science, a new research shows that a woman's hesitation before her wedding might predict a bumpy road ahead.

"People think everybody has premarital doubts and you don't have to worry about them," Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral student in psychology who led the study, said in a statement. "We found they are common but not benign.

Newlywed wives who had doubts about getting married before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts.

Among couples still married after four years, husbands and wives with doubts were significantly less satisfied with their marriage than those without doubts."

Lavner and his team studied 232 couples in Los Angeles during the first few months of marriage and then checked in on the spouses every 6 months for four years. During the first interview, the researchers asked the newlyweds, "Were you ever uncertain or hesitant about getting married?" 47% of husbands answered "yes," compared with 38% of wives.

While men seemed more likely to have cold feet, their wives' reservations better predicted future problems. 19% of wives who reported doubts about getting married were divorced 4 years later. Among women who did not report doubts, just 8% were divorced 4 years later.