Unemployed Men More Likely to Divorce

A recent research project has revealed that men who lose their jobs are more likely to get divorced than employed men.

The study, by Liana Sayer of Ohio State University, used data from the US National Survey of Families and Households on over 3,600 couples, to look at the impact employment status had on the decision of both men and women to end a marriage.

It found that a woman’s decision to divorce was not generally affected by her work situation, unless she was already in a very unhappy marriage. However, men who were out of work were not only more likely to be divorced by their wives than employed men, but were also more likely to initiate a divorce themselves, even where there were no other problems in the marriage.


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