New Data Proves Unsettling for First Marriages

JO250 Week 2 Homework: Ch. 12 Exercise 4

New Data Proves Unsettling for First Marriages

A recent study on marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the US provided statistics to show that the older a bride is, the longer the first marriage will be.

The main information discovered by the report, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicated that 43 percent of first marriages end in separation or divorce within 15 years.

Dr. Edward Sondik, director of CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, conducted the study. “First Marriage Dissolution, Divorce, and Remarriage: United States,” as the report is called, is based on data from the National Survey of Family Growth, a study of 10,847 women ages 15-44.

“These data offer an important glimpse into the social fabric of this country,” said Dr. Sondik. “The implications of divorce cut across a number of societal issues – socioeconomics, health, and the welfare of our children.”

Among the other findings:

  • One in three first marriages end within 10 years, while one in five end within five years.
  • Duration of marriage is linked to a women’s age at first marriage.
    • almost 2/3 of marriages to teenage brides end, compared to 36 percent of those married at 20 or older.
  • About 97 percent of separated non-Hispanic white women are divorced within five years of separation, compared with 77 percent of separated Hispanic women and only 67 percent of non-Hispanic black women.
  • Younger women who divorce are more likely to remarry.
    • 81 percent of those divorced before age 25 remarry within 10 years, compared with 68 percent of those divorced at age 25 or older.

These staggering divorce statistics have other implications, as CDC Director Jeffrey Koplan noted.

“Separation and divorce can have adverse effects on the health and well-being of children and adults,” he said. “Past research has shown that divorce is associated with higher rates of mortality, more health problems, and more risky behaviors such as increased alcohol use.”

What do you think has contributed to rising divorce rates in this country?

(Poll Question: Have you or someone in your immediate family gone through a divorce? Yes/No)

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