Study: More Likely to Divorce if First Child is a Girl
A new study from the University of Melbourne suggests that married couples with daughters as their first born might have a higher chance to end in divorce. The study followed over two million couples throughout the Netherlands over the course of 10 years. The preliminary findings show that the risk for divorce increases with their kids’ ages, until they are adults, with parents of teenage daughters at a higher risk level. The study also showed that if the father grew up with a sister, the risk is lessened.
The data that the researchers collected highlighted that around age 12, the gender of the first child does not matter. However, once they enter the age range of 13 – 18, the parents of teenage girls were greeted by a five percent increase in divorce rate compared to boys, with the peak risk age at 15.
The causes can only be speculative. The researchers, Kabatek and Ribar stated, “parents of teenage daughters disagreed more about the way they should raise their children, and expressed more positive attitudes towards divorce.” Fathers that grew up with a sister displayed less anxiety towards their own daughters, contributing to a lower risk of divorce. There is a lot that goes on during these years that are arguably some of the most turbulent times in a child’s life.
The struggle with adolescents most definitely will happen, but being prepared will lower the chance for divorce. Recognize and discuss potential problems with the family. Keeping the relationship open for new ideas and changes can really help in maintaining the peace in the family. Parents being on the same page in how to raise their children might be the key to closing that five percent gap in divorce rates.
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