Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Some Marriages Break Up and Others Don't

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Some Marriages Break Up and Others Don't

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One in two marriages in the U.S. ends in divorce-but who knows on which side of that statistic a newly married couple will land? Relationships expert Ted Huston, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at Austin, told a 1999 meeting of the American Psychological Association that he's become a good predictor, based on his study of 168 couples from their wedding day through 13 years of marriage. Here are some of his findings:

Many newlyweds are far from "gaga" over each other and that's okay. Couples who start out with a whirlwind romance are actually more likely to divorce.

A lackluster marriage is not necessarily more prone to divorce if the couple was not chasing a romantic ideal in the first place.

It's the gradual loss of love and affection that leads to divorce more than the rise of interpersonal issues and conflicts. …

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