Argument style determines likelihood of divorce

How a couple argue has more bearing on their likelihood of filing for a divorce than how often they argue.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that separation is more likely in marriages where one spouse attempts to solve disputes constructively while the other one withdraws.

Kira Birditt, lead author of the study, explained that the active problem solver in the marriage can often view their partner's withdrawal as a "lack of investment" in the relationship.

By contrast, marriages in which both partners work together to tackle disagreements are more likely to go the distance, the team discovered.

The publication of the research comes after study published in the Journal of Family Issues concluded that divorce is more common among women who earn more than their husbands.

It suggested that female breadwinners are almost 40 per cent more likely to sign divorce papers than their lower-earning counterparts.

Posted by Christopher Evans

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Published on: September 30, 2010

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