Study: divorce risk increases when wife falls ill
A study of data collected from 2,717 older couples revealed the risk of divorce is higher when the wife, not the husband, becomes chronically ill, livescience reported on May 1.
The study, which involved data on marriages over the course of 20 years, concluded that married couples whose wives suffered from serious illnesses were at higher risk of divorce. Out of the 31% of couples who ended in divorce for various reasons, 15% of them had a wife who fell seriously ill.
While the study was not clear on who initiated the divorce or why this pattern existed, researchers speculate that chronically-ill wives are forced to seek care from friends and family members when male partners fall short in their caregiver duties.
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