Monthly Archives: March 2014

Unplanned Pregnancy and Marriage

When a marriage results from an unplanned pregnancy, the couple faces all the hurdles of any new marriages as well as the arrival of a baby within a year of going down the aisle. Many individuals want marriage at some … Continue reading

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Serial Marriages – Highest Rate in the South

The Pew Research Center, using U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2008 American Community Survey, reports that five percent of all Americans were in serial marriages in 2008. The Pew report, “The States of Marriage and Divorce,” presents data on … Continue reading

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Divorce and Marriage Rates

Many people routinely say that “half of all marriages” fail. Though commonplace, that is not quite right. Divorce rates have actually fallen in recent years. Currently, in the United States, 41% of first marriages end in divorce; 60% of second … Continue reading

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Marital Happiness is Tough to Define, Says Harvard Psychologist

A Harvard instructor of clinical psychology says measuring marital happiness is “a bit like trying to count water.” It’s easy to overgeneralize marital happiness – defining a subjective experience by objective measures such as the volume of arguments and the … Continue reading

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Divorce and Pregnancy

Sometimes couples find themselves having to deal with an unplanned pregnancy during a divorce. Some couples choose to terminate the pregnancy, others decide to continue with the pregnancy. Depending on the situation surrounding the divorce, the pregnancy, and the wants … Continue reading

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Divorce Takes a Toll

Divorce can take a toll on physical health – even after a person remarries. A study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that divorced or widowed people have 20 percent more chronic health conditions such as … Continue reading

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Marriage Statistics Divorced from Reality?

One of the most quoted statistics is that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Now that divorce stat is coming under scrutiny. In her book, “For Better,” Tara Parker-Pope, a New York Times reporter (and herself a divorcée), … Continue reading

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Alcohol and Married Life

Alcohol abuse is connected to increased aggression and marital violence that tends to be more severe and even likely to result in injury. Alcoholism is an addiction, which means that for the alcoholic, alcohol intensifies the demand for itself without … Continue reading

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Parents Helping Children

Clinical psychologist Joe Nowinski stressed the importance of guiding children through the first three years after a divorce, especially if they’re young. “The first three years seem to be crucial,” he wrote. “Your child can emerge from the next three … Continue reading

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Divorce Decreases Satisfaction Levels

According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, divorce reduces life satisfaction levels. A person’s happiness level drops as he or she approaches divorce and gradually rebounds over time. However, the level never returns to the baseline that existed … Continue reading

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