Top Reasons Americans Give for Their Divorce

After today we’ll get away from the stats. For the data-seekers, here are some top reasons Americans say they divorce (they could select more than one reason). Po Bronson’s web site has much more analysis on family issues, divorce rates and marriage trends, as well as international divorce rates. The info is a little out of date but Bronson gives real insight. I was surprised at the high rate of physical abuse toward women. Top reasons why American women said they’d gotten divorced:
           communication problems (69.7 percent)
           unhappiness (59.9 percent)
           incompatible with spouse (56.4 percent)
           emotional abuse (55.5 percent)
           financial problems (32.9 percent)
           sexual problems (32.1 percent)
           spouse’s alcohol abuse (30 percent)
           spouse’s infidelity (25.2 percent)
           physical abuse (21.7 percent)*

Top reasons why American men said they’d gotten divorced:
communication problems (59.3 percent)
incompatible with spouse (44.7 percent)
unhappiness (46.9 percent)
emotional abuse (24.7 percent)
financial problems (28.7 percent)
sexual problems (30.2 percent) *

   
 

In a U.S. study, more than 25 percent of the women said that their husbands’ unfaithfulness was a factor in their divorce. Less than half as many men (10.5 percent) said it was their wives’ infidelity which was a cause of their divorce. In fact, more men said that their wives’ in-laws were a reason for the divorce (11.6 percent) than said it was because their wives had had an affair.

Sources from PoBronson.com:

* According to a 1985 study. Totals do not add up to 100 percent because respondents could select every reason that was applicable. Margaret Guminski Cleek and T. Allan Pearson, “Perceived Causes of Divorce: An Analysis of Interrelationships,” Journal of Marriage and the Family (February 1985) p. 179, 181.

 

     

*Margaret Guminski Cleek and T. Allan Pearson, “Perceived Causes of Divorce: An Analysis of Interrelationships,” Journal of Marriage and the Family (February 1985) p. 179, 181. 

 
 
 
 
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4 responses to “Top Reasons Americans Give for Their Divorce

  1. The number one reason for ALL divorce without exception is sin expressed through selfishness. One party or both destroy the marriage through self-seeking, self-absorbed ways that infringe upon, if not consume, the other. It is the selfish unwillingness to relinquish the ways that destroy the marriage that ultimately destroys the marriage. If you are willing to first be honest about your sinfulness and then repent of it, then your marriage has hope.

    True love puts the other’s well-being above your own. When one recognizes that the other’s well-being is compromised by what you is doing, then your responsibility is to stop doing it! The selfish continue to afflict his/her spouse to the dissatisfaction in and ultimately unto the demise of the marriage.

    Acknowledge the truth about your sinfulness and repent of it. (And you may have to repent multiple times.) Your marriage should be of more value to you than your pride.

  2. I feel that emotional abuse hurts as much as physical abuse, because of the heartache, the mental distress, and physically you feel broken.

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  4. just tell me how my marriage is supposed to work when he did not even finish school and i have to take care of everything,and work for 3 years alone before he makes an effort.it also does not help that his family gets babies and buy a dream house in 2 years,but we have been married for 5 and a half years and got absolutely nothing to show for it.our car is a wreck and he even complains when i need to go to the doctor,but he tantrums whenever he isn’t helped quick enough or the things he wants is not given fast enough!i believe now marriage was never the answer,i hate his selfishness

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