Consequences of divorce a big stumbling block to new unions, according to Cornell research
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The number of married adults in the U.S has dropped to an all-time low, and researchers at Cornell University and the University of Central Oklahoma think they know why.
Must couples don’t get married because they fear divorce, perhaps for good reason. According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control, exactly half of all marriages end in divorce.
Among cohabitating couples, more than two-thirds of the study’s respondents admitted to concerns about dealing with the social, legal, emotional and economic consequences of a possible divorce.
The study, “The Specter of Divorce: Views from Working and Middle-Class Cohabitors,” is published in the December issue of the journal Family Relations. It’s co-authored by Sharon Sassler, Cornell professor of policy analysis and management, and Dela Kusi-Appouh, a Cornell doctoral student in the field of development sociology. (more…)