If your parents are divorced, what are the chances you will be?

Much, much higher than if your parents had not divorced.

See Psychology Today February 5, 2019:

“Research shows that children of divorce are more likely to experience a divorce themselves. The statistics vary, but one study by researchers Paul Amato and Danelle Deboer indicated that if a woman’s parents divorced, her odds of divorce increased 69 percent, while if both a husband and wife’s parents divorced, the risk of divorce increased by 189 percent.”

See Psychology Today August 2, 2014:

“[N]umerous empirical studies have found that those who experience a parental divorce are significantly more likely to divorce themselves. In fact, there is a substantial body of research on this phenomenon, sometimes referred to as the “intergenerational transmission of divorce.”

See The Atlantic May 30, 2019:

“Researchers have been aware of the connection between a parent’s divorce and a child’s divorce for nearly a century, says Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah. Further, as Wolfinger found after he started studying the subject in the 1990s, people with divorced parents are disproportionately likely to marry other people with divorced parents—and couples in which both partners are children of divorce are more likely to get divorced than couples in which just one person is.”

See at “Effects of Divorce Children’s Future Relationships

See “Effects of parental divorce on marital commitment and confidence.” in the Journal of Family Psychology, 22(5), 789–793.

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