Can divorce be predicted?

Can divorce be predicted?

The most recent data suggests that divorce is growing increasingly common in the UK. The number of divorces recorded in 2016 was up by 5.8 per cent year-on-year, representative of the first significant rise in divorce rates since 2009 – but what are some of the key reasons that relationships break down in the first place?

News site Business Insider recently gathered together a series of interesting pieces of research from academics and psychologists in attempt to answer the question.

Research from all over the world has shed light on some of the most common kinds of ‘toxic behaviour’ in relationships – habits which psychologists believe are at the very root of divorce and separation.

Such habits include:

·        Criticising your partner.

·        Being overly defensive.

·        ‘Stonewalling’ or failing to open up about your feelings.

·        Contempt.

The above four habits were identified following a 14-year research project carried out among researchers at the University of California-Berkley – but separate research from elsewhere shares a similar sentiment.

Habits and behaviours such as emotional withdrawal have been cited in many American and other studies as one of the ‘do nots’ of marriage, but an interesting study from Australia suggests that perhaps age could be just as much of a problem as behaviour.

A study carried out by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS), found that the age a couple decides to get wed can have a significant impact on the likelihood that they will eventually divorce.

It found that “the late twenties seems to be the best time to tie the knot” for most people, while  couples who get married in their teens or tie the knot in their mid-30s or later are in fact much more likely to one day divorce.