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Don’t Blame Divorce on Money. Ask: Did the Husband Have a Job? Financial stress and fights over money can eat away at a marriage. But do they cause divorce? That’s a more complicated matter. A Harvard University study suggests that neither financial strains nor women's increased ability to get out of an unhappy marriage, starting in the 1970s, is typically the main reason for a split. The big factor, Harvard sociology professor Alexandra Killewald found, is the husband's employment status. For the past four decades, she discovered, husbands who aren’t employed full time have a 3.3 percent chance of getting divorced in any given year, compared with 2.5 percent for husbands employed full time. Examining 46 years of data on more than 6,300 married couples in the U.S., Killewald found a big shift in the risk of divorce in the mid-1970s.

“Wives have more freedom in how they ‘do’ marriage,” Killewald said, but husbands are still expected to be the breadwinner. The study, published in the American Sociological Review, didn't include same-sex couples. The power of thank you: UGA research links gratitude to positive marital outcomes. Athens, Ga. - A key ingredient to improving couples' marriages might just be gratitude, according to new University of Georgia research. The study was recently published in the journal Personal Relationships. "We found that feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and your belief that it will last," said study co-author Ted Futris, an associate professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

With the use of a telephone survey, the study asked 468 married individuals questions about their financial well-being, demand/withdraw communication and expressions of spousal gratitude. The results indicated that spousal expression of gratitude was the most consistent significant predictor of marital quality. "This is the first study to document the protective effect that feeling appreciated by your spouse can have for marriages," Barton said. Post-Sex Cuddling Most Beneficial for Parents : Top Headlines : MD Connects. Marital Satisfaction Predicts Weight Gain in ... [Health Psychol. 2013] A Third of Recently Married Couples Met Online and They're More Satisfied and Less Likely To Split-Up. Atheism & Divorce: Divorce Rates for Atheists are Among the Lowest in America - Why Do Conservative Christian Defenders of Marriage Get Divorced Most?

Conservative Christians of all types, evangelical as well as Catholic, tend to link their conservative brand of their religion with proper moral behavior. By far the most popular context is marriage: they claim that a good, solid marriage is only possible when people acknowledge conservative Christianity's claims about the nature of marriage and gender roles. So why is it that Christian marriages, and especially conservative Christian marriages, end in divorce more often than atheist marriages? The Barna Research Group, an evangelical Christian organization that does surveys and research to better understand what Christians believe and how they behave, studied divorce rates in America in 1999 and found surprising evidence that divorce is far lower among atheists than among conservative Christians - exactly the opposite of what they were probably expecting.

Barna isn't the only group to arrive at these numbers. Oxytocin leads to monogamy. Printer friendly version Share 25 November 2013 Universität Bonn How is the bond between people in love maintained? Scientists at the Bonn University Medical Center have discovered a biological mechanism that could explain the attraction between loving couples: If oxytocin is administered to men and if they are shown pictures of their partner, the bonding hormone stimulates the reward center in the brain, increasing the attractiveness of the partner, and strengthening monogamy.

The results are published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (PNAS). Monogamy is not very widespread among mammals; human beings represent an exception. Oxytocin makes the partner more attractive The researchers showed pictures of their female partners to a total of 40 heterosexual men who were in a permanent relationship – and pictures of other women for comparison.

Biological mechanism of couple relationships acts like a drug At first glance, monogamy does not make much sense. Emotion Regulation Predicts Marital Satisfaction: Mo... [Emotion. 2013.