A new study found that the likelihood of divorce increases among older couples when the wife, not the husband, falls seriously ill, LiveScience reported on Thursday, May 1.
The study evaluated 20 years’ worth of data on 2,717 married couples, wherein at least one in every partner was above 50 years old. Researchers found that the probability of getting divorced increased when wives suffered from one of four major illnesses: stroke, lung disease, heart disease, or cancer.
Although the study failed to track who asked for the divorce, study researcher Amelia Karraker stated that previous studies have suggested it is typically the women who call for divorce. Karraker believes this may be because men might fall short in their roles as caregivers.
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