Sometimes, married couples will make the decision to get a divorce. Such decisions can occur within married couples of all different ages.
Sometimes, certain age groups will see an increase in the occurrence of divorce. A new study indicates that, in recent times, such an increase has been occurring among individuals 50 years of age or older.
The study was conducted by researchers from Bowling Green State University. Reportedly, in this study, researchers looked at data regarding divorces, such as data from the 2009 American Community Survey (a survey that was conducted by the federal government).
The study reportedly found that in the past 20 years, the divorce rate among individuals who are 50 years of age or older has seen a significant increase. Specifically, the study found that this rate doubled over this time period.
These results give rise to a question: why has there been an increase in the divorce rate among individuals who are 50 years of age or older?
One thing researchers think could possibly be playing a role in this increase is a change in views among individuals in this age group over what makes a good marriage. How divorce and marriage is viewed in the U.S. has changed quite a bit in the past few decades. One could see how such changing views could potentially affect an individual's likelihood of pursuing a divorce.
Another thing researchers think could be playing a role in this increase is an increase in life expectancies.
It will be interesting to see if any further studies will be conducted on the phenomenon identified in this study and, if they are, if such studies will clarify what is behind this phenomenon.
Source: CNN, "Baby boomer divorce rate doubles," Greg Clary and Athena Jones, June 24, 2012