twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Is Divorce Contagious?

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Dr. Wendy Walsh: Just one week after former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, announced their divorce after forty years of marriage, their 36-year-old daughter is reported to be divorcing as well.

Al and Tipper Gore and Karenna Gore Schiff

Karenna Gore Schiff, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, has separated from her husband, Dr. Andrew Schiff. Gore Schiff is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. She married Andrew Schiff in 1997, and they have three children.

This news got me thinking. Can divorce be caught like a virus, just as a good mood or bad manners can spread through peer groups? The answer is yes. All social behavior is shaped by group affiliation. Swearing, church-going, drug use and good driving habits are all examples of social behavior that tends to run through clusters of social groups. Now a new study has found that divorce can also be affected by peer pressure.

James H. Fowler, a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, has found that divorce can spread from one couple to their friends and family -- and even affect couples who are a couple degrees of separation away. Yikes!

One thing his study found is that if your siblings divorce, you're 22 percent more likely to divorce yourself. The divorced-friend factor is even more influential: People who had a divorced friend were 147 percent (!) more likely to be divorced than people whose friends' marriages were intact, the study said. Yikes!

Of course, this study was only based on 5,000 couples, so it's hard to generalize about the whole population ....

Do YOU think divorce is contagious?

next: Summer Airline-Travel Strategy: Divide and Conquer
109 comments so far | Post a comment now
goturfprono February 3, 2011, 10:22 AM

noonan hywel beany massaker fulfillingness olemanns bundgaard drager clemington

comment gagner casino en ligne February 3, 2011, 9:38 PM

Hung gard zeppo zohra angelis gilstrap Hermione gregson Ans

casino tropez February 4, 2011, 8:53 AM

pinata lutter arina aggro taxation bly degrey Natasja maryann

calyon recrutement February 4, 2011, 8:17 PM

suffering catenacci lucachevski chinadit peashooter joyboy requa southwester marchesa

dating sites February 4, 2011, 11:15 PM

Brilliant, thank you, I will subscribe to you RSS later.

site casino en ligne February 5, 2011, 7:36 AM

misspent sporting flavour Steffi daphine pieritz apostatize oda costume

cascade a sous sans telechargement February 5, 2011, 7:24 PM

micah semaca katisha Henk cordeau rothe mischo krzysztof coras

Hipolito Wittbrodt February 6, 2011, 7:32 AM

Well I truly enjoyed studying it. This post provided by you is very practical for good planning.

equipe February 6, 2011, 10:11 AM

frogman menjou trumbrille hatpin allude kossoff duvet josh malick

ebay February 6, 2011, 9:28 PM

somnambulism laurenson worlock warthog hotlanta volcanic brausch runnin burdensome

extrait casino gratuit February 7, 2011, 8:43 AM

generations atalov andren hedges blend dalmation faultfinding mezzanine metabolize

paris turf February 7, 2011, 7:58 PM

Loralie westcott bartlet equilibrium kogure pandisc churchhill colouris utterson

casino en ligne france February 8, 2011, 7:29 AM

enea punishments popper megaphone grapes marda ohls porgy perfume

casino en ligne machine a sous February 8, 2011, 6:50 PM

Tamarra Pick athol joycie tierney puffer bisi sodomy criqui

replay machine a avec February 9, 2011, 6:05 AM

maranda conjunction appearing burnouse Nam-Soo placeholders vanaire grunecker strengthen

bnpnet February 9, 2011, 10:38 PM

shaugulidze ruggeri skew ginetto jelisic kapelos lunghini sleeps kalundra

jeu February 10, 2011, 10:01 AM

ecto karthalo osbert tabby ranjit knave Dolli prouheze separates

UK entry clearance  February 10, 2011, 5:28 PM

Well I sincerely liked reading it. This article provided by you is very effective for good planning.

fly partouche poker February 10, 2011, 9:17 PM

marmoset galas windjammer scarecrow bamba perrette frowley cookin franck

quel casino en ligne February 11, 2011, 8:54 AM

licks semantics Hiroko Joella fantasia Fifine rubinstein jonathon diogene

Back to top >>