Divorce Damages Health and Remarriage Doesn't Help, New Study Finds

By Patrick B. Craine
CHICAGO, July 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Divorce and widowhood have a lingering, detrimental impact on health, even after a person remarries, research at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University has shown.

“Among the currently married, those who have ever been divorced show worse health on all dimensions,” said University of Chicago sociologist Linda Waite and co-author of a new study on marriage and health. Further, “Both the divorced and widowed who do not remarry show worse health on all dimensions,” she said.

Waite, the Lucy Flower Professor in Sociology and Director of the Center on Aging at the National Opinion Research Center at the University, conducted the study with Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their research, which was based on a study of 8,652 people aged 51 to 61, will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior in the article, “Marital Biography and Health Midlife.”

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This isn’t too hard to imagine. Unless a person is very young, and married the first time in unthinking haste, I can’t imagine a person really “getting used to” a second spouse; as long as it seems to take to become truly understanding of even one, and working the egocentricities out of one’s system.

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