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Study: Americans less accepting of divorce

The results of a study released this month by the National Center for Health Statistics show an interesting change in people’s views about divorce. Even though divorce has become more common over the years, the acceptance of it has moved in the opposite direction.

The survey was conducted between 2011 and 2013 by the NCHS, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers interviewed 10,000 people between 15 to 44 years old regarding family relationships.

The question about divorce involved whether those interviewed thought divorce was the best option for couples whose¬†marriages were in trouble. Both the percentages of men and women who agreed that it was the best solution were down from ten years before. Women had the greater decline — from 47 percent to 38 percent. Men had a smaller decline — from 44 percent to 39 percent.

Researchers speculate that two reasons for people’s changing views on divorce are that marriage rates are declining and people are marrying for the first time later in life. Therefore, people may be more likely to believe that those who do marry should work to stick it out.

Interestingly, on other topics involving relationships, respondents tended to be more accepting than in the past. These included:

— Gay relationships, marriage and adoption– Couples living together without getting married– Single women raising children alone

Obviously the decision to divorce is not an easy one for any couple. Regardless of what anyone else believes, you have to do what is right for you and your children.

Source: NBC News, “Americans OK Gay Marriage, Cautious on Divorce,” March 17, 2016

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