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Illness in Women Increases Risk Divorce Rates in Older Couples

May 18, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

According to a social research study, “in sickness and in health” doesn’t necessarily apply to couples over the age of 50. Analysing over 2,500 marriages and 20 years of data, Amelia Karraker and Kenzie Latham, researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis respectively, discovered that “women are doubly vulnerable to marital dissolution in the face of illness”. Karraker explained: “[Women] are more likely to be widowed, and if they are the ones who become ill, they are more likely to get divorced.” The study examined how serious physical illness, such as cancer, stroke, lung disease and heart problems, ...

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