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Divorce may not have negative health consequences

A great many social science efforts have been focused on examining the ways that marriage and divorce impact an individual's health. Many of these studies have suggested that spouses in Connecticut and elsewhere who marry and then divorce will suffer a range of negative health outcomes, and will fare worse than their counterparts who either remain married or remain single. A recent study, however, asserts that divorce may not have the negative ramifications suggested by previous research.

The study looked at data collected from more than 10,000 participants over the course of more than 20 years. Participants were tracked at ages 23, 33, 42 and 46. They were given a physical examination between the ages of 44 and 46.

What researchers found was that those individuals who went through a divorce and then remarried exhibited similar levels of respiratory or cardiovascular problems than those participants who remained with their spouse over the course of those years. Cohabitating couples also demonstrated the same rates of disease as their married counterparts. In addition, men who divorced while in their late 30s and then remained single showed lower rates of diabetes than those men who remained married during that same span of time.

A great deal of previous research has suggested that divorce has a negative impact on an individual's health. However, this recent study tells a different story. For those in Connecticut who are considering filing for divorce, it remains essential to take steps to prevent any form of negative health consequence. This is true for the period of time that the divorce is taking place, and remains true for the years to come. Research can provide a glimpse into social trends and outcomes, but each of us is responsible for our own health, whether married or divorced.

Source:, "Divorce May Not Be So Unhealthy After All", Amy Capetta, June 12, 2015

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