How is it possible that the number of sexual partners you've had could determine whether your marriage will last?
One study says the two are directly related.
Nicholas H. Wolfinger, professor of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah, decided to study divorce rates after five years of marriage and compare it to the number of sexual partners the women in the relationships had before tying the knot. The study was based in the United States.
What would you guess the number of sexual partners was for the highest divorce rate? The study found that 10 had a direct correlation.
“The highest five-year divorce rates of all are associated with marrying in the 2000’s and having 10 or more premarital sex partners: 33 percent,” reports the study. “Perhaps it is not unexpected that having many partners increases the odds of divorce.”
The professor in charge of the study explains that this only holds true in recent years, and that prior to 2000, women with two partners prior to marriage had the highest divorce rates.
The least likely to get divorced? Women who were still virgins on their wedding night. Only five percent of women who had no sexual partners before walking down the aisle had marriages that ended in divorce. The study also found this was heavily tied to religion.
“These findings make sense in light of the fact that people who attend church frequently have lower divorce rates than do non-participants,” the study says.
The study concludes:
“Earlier research found that having multiple sex partners prior to marriage could lead to less happy marriages, and often increased the odds of divorce. But sexual attitudes and behaviors continue to change in America, and some of the strongest predictors of divorce in years gone by no longer matter as much as they once did.
“This is an extreme example. Most of the time, spuriousness probably has less measurable causes. Some people may just have a high level of sexual curiosity, an attribute that doesn’t appear to bode well for a stable marriage, at least since the start of the new millennium.”
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