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Study shows genetic component to divorce

When people make the decision to get married, they are typically in love and ready to spend the rest of their lives together. However, it is difficult to predict how children, jobs and financial concerns can change a person over the course of their lives. For many couples in New Hampshire, these changes mean that the couple is no longer compatible and often lead to a divorce.

Psychologists in the United States and across the globe believe that many children of divorce will ultimately end up seeking a divorce as well. This connection was long believed to have an environmental component -- that experiencing their parent's divorce essentially skews their view of marriage and relationships. However, a recent study challenges that belief.

The study -- a collaboration between researchers from the United States and Sweden -- looked at divorce rates of children who were adopted. Researchers looked at the biological and adoptive parents of the children involved. Ultimately, they determined that rather than being the result of environmental factors, biological factors may play a role.

Researchers claim that the study could have a significant impact on how therapists counsel clients about their relationships, especially in the United States where a large number of marriages end in divorce. Despite this information, many couples in New Hampshire find that their marriage is no longer functional and is making both them and their children unhappy. While a difficult decision to make, choosing to end a marriage is often in the best interest of everyone involved -- including children who may benefit more from having two parents who live happily apart instead of two parents who are miserable living together.

Source:, "Does divorce run in the family? This new study says it might be in our DNA", Jared Gilmour, Oct. 5, 2017

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