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Divorce is not the key to a happy – or long – life

Posted in Marriage & Family on: January 10th, 2012
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Another study has been released on the harms of divorce. This one from the University of Arizona shows that divorced men and women may die earlier than married individuals.

“A new review by the University of Arizona of more than 30 published studies found divorced adults have a significantly higher risk of early death compared with married adults.

 The risk of dying early was 23 percent greater among divorced adults than married couples tracked by researchers for an average of 11 years. Researchers found the risks associated with divorce are similar to other well-established public-health risks, such as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, getting limited exercise, being overweight and drinking heavily, said the study’s lead author, UA psychology professor David Sbarra.”

Once again a credible study shows the risks of divorce, yet public policy continues to favor easy divorce. It’s time for our elected officials to enact public policy that encourages married couples to work through their issues rather than race to the courthouse.

Read the entire article on the Arizona Republic’s website.

Posted by Aaron Baer

Aaron is the Communications Director at Center for Arizona Policy. He is continually amazed by the revelation of truth found in the gospel. While he anxiously awaits seeing Christ return in His glory, Aaron roots for the Chicago Cubs in their quest to win the World Series. He is unsure which will come first.


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