If your parents were divorced, you probably have had more exposure to the idea than your peers with parents still together. It turns out the effects may go beyond that, however.
It could be possible that children who have grown up with separated parents have a negative outlook on relationships and marriage. But a new study shows something extremely different; that the likelihood of getting divorced could be encoded in DNA and is actually transmitted from one generation to another.
Between 40% and 50% of married couples in the United States end up getting divorced, according to research conducted by the American Psychological Association and that is in a culture in which more than 90% of individuals get married before they are 50 years old. LUND University in Sweden and Virginia Commonwealth University reached this conclusion by looking at population registries in Sweden to determine whether or not the divorce histories for adopted children looked more like their biological or their adopted parents.
The researchers found consistent and strong evidence that genetic factors could account for the intergenerational transmission of divorce, which means that focusing on strengthening interpersonal skills or better commitment may not be a good way for a therapist to approach working with a distressed couple. There has been a bit of good news in recent years in terms of divorce rates since it has dropped to its lowest rate in 40 years after achieving a high in 1980 according to Time Magazine.
But many individuals are still discussing the potential for getting a divorce. Consulting with a knowledgeable divorce attorney is strongly recommended if you have questions about the best way to protect yourself during this process and the necessary steps you should take in order to ensure a smooth and stress free marital dissolution.