Category: Divorce Risk

January 29, 2016

by TARA PARKER-POPE Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal

Doctors can predict risk for heart attack, cancer and diabetes. Now, they’re trying to predict the risk for another major health problem: divorce.
The breakdown of a marriage exacts an enormous toll on both mental and physical health. People in troubled relationships are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. Even so, the medical community historically has had little advice for preventing divorce, which ends 50% of U.S. marriages.
But now a wealth of new research has helped scientists discern what qualities lead to a lasting marriage or a divorce. For instance, research shows eye-rolling after a spouse’s comment can be a strong predictor for divorce, while marriages with traditional gender roles often are highly successful.
While some of the findings may seem obvious, they nonetheless run counter to the way many marital counselors work. And they could very well force counselors to rethink their whole approach to couples therapy.
University of Washington psychology professor John Gottman, a leading divorce-prediction researcher (cheapest generic viagra www.gottman.com), has videotaped thousands of couples and codes positive and negative facial expressions, body language and comments.
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