In fact, the study found that the level of satisfaction at the beginning of a marriage in no way gave researchers clues as to whether the marriage would last or not. In the same way, the couple’s level of satisfaction in the years leading up to divorce was also a poor predictor of whether or not a marriage would be successful.
What could this study possibly conclude? Researchers are saying that the idea of marital satisfaction is far more complex than they had previously thought, and that since satisfaction changes so much throughout a marriage, it is difficult to link any change in satisfaction levels to the end of a marriage.
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