The Bigger the Age Gap The Shorter The Marriage / Divorce Rates Predicted By Age Differences
- And according to data in a recent study of 3,000 people by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, professors in the Department of Economics at Emory University in Atlanta, it [age differences between spouses] could be a considerable factor.
- Randal Olson, a fourth-year computer science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, crunched the raw data from Emory and found that a larger age gap is related to a higher divorce rate.
- A five-year age gap statistically means you’re 18 percent more likely to divorce (versus just 3 percent with a 1-year age difference), and that rate rises to 39 percent for a 10-year age difference and 95 percent for a 20-year age gap.
- Partners from different generations may have different cultural reference points and values, and polar opposite tastes in music and film, and even friends, and also have different approaches to their sex life, says Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills psychotherapist and panelist on “Sex Box,” a forthcoming We TV relationship therapy show. “Sex drive goes up for women in middle age, but sexual function decreases for men.”
- …The high number of short marriages could be people remarrying and choosing the same type of partner. “It does not work for the same reasons the prior relationship did not work,” he adds.
- Others caution about confusing stability or longevity with happiness. Many marriages that appear stable to outside observers may just be an “empty shell” for couples who stay together for legal, religious, financial and/or child-rearing reasons, says Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
- By Ashley Helms | Nov 12, 2014 06:26 PM EST
- Age may really be more than just a number.A large age gap may be a big contributing factor to divorce rates, according to a new study on 3,000 people in Atlanta, the (Link): New York Post reported on Tuesday.
- Randal Olsen, a computer science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, found that how close a couple is in age can predict if they get divorced or not.Statistically, a five-year age gap means you’re 18 percent more likely to split, against just 3 percent with a single-year age difference. At a 10-year difference, that number rises to 39 percent. It soars to 90 percent for a 20-year difference in age.
Reasons for the conclusion are opposite tastes in music and movies, different needs and desires from sex and vastly different pop cultural values and references.
“Sex drive goes up for women in middle age, but sexual function decreases for men,” said Fran Walfish, a Beverly Hills psychotherapist.
Having your first baby before marriage can mean you’re 59 percent less likely to end in divorce, as opposed to a childless couple. Though having a child while you’re married shows a 76 percent decrease in divorce rate.
In regards to education, a couple is 43 percent more likely to divorce if they have different levels of education than a couple who has the same qualifications.
And there’s some good news: couples are 94 percent less likely to divorce if they make it to their 10th anniversary, (Link): Market Watch reported.
Critics of the study warn not to equate a long marriage with a happy one. Marriages that appear happy on the outside may still be going on due to religious, financial, child-rearing or other reasons.
“So while having children with your spouse may be a factor that decreases the chances of divorce, it may be that a couple with kids chooses to stay together for the sake of the kids, despite the marriage having nothing else to it,” said Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.