Pre-wedding jitters linked to higher divorce rates

Women who have pre-wedding doubts are more likely to get divorced and have less marital satisfaction, a new study has claimed.

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles have demonstrated that pre-wedding uncertainty, especially among women can predict higher divorce rates and less marital satisfaction years later.

“People think everybody has premarital doubts and you don’t have to worry about them,” Justin Lavner, lead author of the study, said.

“We found they are common but not benign. Newlywed wives who had doubts about getting married before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts,” Lavner said.

The study found that among couples still married after four years, husbands and wives with doubts were significantly less satisfied with their marriage than those without doubts.

“You know yourself, your partner and your relationship better than anybody else does; if you’re feeling nervous about it, pay attention to that. It’s worth exploring what you’re nervous about,” Lavner said in a statement.

The psychologists studied 464 newlywed spouses (232couples) in Los Angeles within the first few months of marriage and conducted follow-up surveys with the couples

every six months for four years.

At the time of marriage, the average age of the husbands was 27, and the average age of the wives was 25.

When asked, “Were you ever uncertain or hesitant about getting married?” at their initial interview, 47 per cent of husbands and 38 per cent of wives said yes.

Yet while women were less likely than men to have doubts, their doubts were more meaningful in predicting trouble after the wedding, the researchers found.

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