Study: Couples who have daughters are more likely to divorce

October 7th, 2010 - 8:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

mothers-with-daughters Census figures over a long period of time have shown that having a daughter makes divorce more likely. Studies have shown that couples who are blessed with sons are more likely to have stable marriages than those with daughters. Even women with sons who get divorced are more likely to have a stable second marriage.

Psychologists have however confirmed that this data doesn’t mean that sons help marriages to thrive while daughters wreck them.

Gordon Dahl, an economist who works with the California University in San Diego and another economist from the California University in Berkeley undertook the first study seven years ago. The results indicated that married couples with a girl as their first child had a 5% more risk of getting divorced than those with a son as their first child. The risk swelled to 10% for couples who had 3 daughters.

A clinical psychologist from Denver known as Susan Heitler stated that many mothers left bad marriages because they don’t want to teach their daughters the wrong ways of dealing with love and marriage. She stated that most mothers she had dealt with recognized the bad effects of a divorce but believed that an unhappy marriage was worse.

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