Study Has Shown How Duration Of The Relationship Affects The Probability Of Breaking Up

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April 12, 2019 11:30 By Fabiosa

No one is safe from divorce. However, some factors make it more or less likely to happen in certain conditions.

A study on this topic was conducted by scientists from Stanford. Based on its results, any person can understand whether he or she relates to the group who haven’t been engaged in a serious relationship yet.

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What questions were the couples asked?

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Sociologist Michael Rosenfeld began his research in 2009. He analyzed the relationships of more than 3,000 couples to find out when and why they part and what effects this.

The professor questioned each couple, asking them:

  • How old is your partner?
  • Where did you get married?
  • How many times have you been married?
  • How do your parents treat your partner?
  • How would you describe your relationship with a partner?


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The results of the study showed apparent patterns. Obviously, marriage is a strong connection, and the probability of divorce decreases over the years, namely from 3% to less than 1%. But unmarried couples have a much higher risk of separation. After 20 years of marriage, the likelihood of breakup increases. Rosenfeld mentioned:

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The longer a couple stays together, the more hurdles they cross together, the more time and effort they have jointly invested into the relationship, and the more bound together they are.

The most popular reasons for breaking up

The most common reasons for divorce or separation include the following:

  • Cheating.
  • Anger.
  • Lack of support.
  • "Toxic" people from your environment (friends, relatives).
  • Lack of intimacy and communication.
  • Lying.
  • Financial difficulties. /

Do you agree with the results of the study? How long have you been in a relationship with your partner? Share with us in the comments!

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