Can science predict divorce?

We can rely on science for a lot of things, but can it predict the success or failure of a marriage? There is no way to 100% predict that a marriage is heading for a breakup. That said, social scientists are able to predict which couples may be more likely to call it quits based on a variety of behaviors and lifestyles.

Everything from employment status to the ways couples fight can contribute to the end of a marriage. Here are some of the top predictors of divorce.

Contempt and criticism

A healthy marriage is the unification of two people who love each other for who they are and see themselves as equals. When one partner sees the other one as less valuable or less important, the relationship will suffer. If someone constantly critiques and belittles his or her partner, things are likely going to go south.

Getting married in certain age groups

Of course, the best time for couples to say “I do” is whenever they feel ready to spend their lives with another person. So, it is wise to not rely on studies to dictate your marital decisions. But there are particular age ranges that make it more likely for divorce to occur. Apparently, the riskiest times to get married are in your teenage years or after age 32.

Not graduating from high school

Couples who fail to finish high school may have a harder time having successful marriages. The more education people have, the better chances they have of having lasting marriages. This may be partially due to the fact that less education often correlates to lower income, which can cause more stress.

Withdrawing during arguments

When one partner shuts down when the other tries to discuss something deep or difficult, it may be a bad sign. Spouses who withdraw instead of engaging can significantly contribute to the end of a marriage.

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