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Dec
03

Divorce Research Shows Happy Teens Divorce More

The HuffPost published a divorce research article earlier this week that reported happy teens divorce more frequently.  The University of Cambridge performed a study in early 2011 showing that happy teenagers highest happiness ratings divorced at a higher rate (20.4 %) than the other, less-happy study participants.

Researchers used data from 2,776 teens ages 13-15 who participated in a 1946 British cohort study, in which their teachers rated their happiness levels at the time. The researchers then went back to those same people at ages 36, 43, and 53 and measured their incidence of mental disorder, life satisfaction, and social lives — including divorce.

One reason why happier children may divorce more frequently may have to do with self confidence and a supportive social network where they feel they could leave a bad marriage.