Divorce Study: Having More Siblings Means Less Chance of Divorce?

Posted on Sep 19, 2013

A divorce study conducted by Ohio State University sociologists has found that an adult is less likely to divorce the more siblings he has. Specifically, the study found that each sibling a person has decreases their chance of divorce by about two percent, up to seven siblings.

The nationwide study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York City, utilized information collected in the General Social Survey, which examined 57,000 people in America between 1972 and 2012. A number of factors that could affect the chances of divorce, including education, socioeconomic status, family structure, race, and age and religion, were also taken into consideration – but none could completely explain the correlation between having multiple siblings and having a lasting marriage.

Why do people with more siblings have a less likely chance of divorce? Researchers don’t know for sure, but there are several theories emerging. Some believe that those with more siblings may have an easier time interacting with others socially. Others believe that those with many siblings are well adapted to changing family dynamics. Still others think that people with more siblings may have simply grown up in better functioning families.

Some have decried the results of the divorce study, pointing out that the results of the study have not been duplicated and that other studies have shown that only children don’t suffer from social issues despite long-standing stereotypes.

Past studies about people with numerous siblings have found that they receive less parental attention and may not perform as well academically.

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