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New study shows link between siblings and divorce


As research into marriages continues, experts in the field of divorce seem to continuously find circumstances which can either improve or decrease an individual's chance of having a divorce in their future. Factors such as how often a couple fights and their socioeconomic background have often been found to be related to divorce rates, but a new study has found a new connection: the number of siblings an individual has.

According to a study conducted by Ohio State University, the number of siblings an individual has can reduce the potential for divorce. The study used data from 57,000 individuals throughout the United States found that having siblings contributed positively to being able to maintain a marriage. It fact, it even found that the more siblings a person grew up with, their chance at a divorce would decrease by nearly 2 percent, up to seven siblings. Siblings after seven were not found to add additional decreases, but did not contribute negatively.

The researchers did not stipulate exactly why this was the case in their research. However, some experts attached to the study speculated that the results may have to do with the family dynamic. Children with more siblings may develop better conflict resolution skills, which often come in handy during a marriage dispute. With more children in the household, an individual will have a higher likelihood of using those skills on a variety of individuals, which may improve their ability to do so effectively.

However, even when statistics say that an individual isn't likely to get a divorce, many people still do. Learning about divorce, and how to best manage it, can be a large help in the eventuality of a divorce, and preparations such a pre-nuptial agreement can help divorces finalize smoothly.

Source: Jezebel, "The More Siblings You Have, the Less Likely You Are to Get Divorced," Tracie Egan Morrissey, Aug. 13, 2013

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