Many Fort Worth, Texas, and Tarrant, Texas, marriages last from the moment that the couple says “I do,” to the moment that “death do they part,” with decades of bliss in between. Some marriages, however, end in divorce, and there are a variety of reasons why that happens. Causes range from unfair laws and biased cultural structures to financial problems and infidelity.
Intriguingly, some people are now claiming that another reason may be genetics. This is being looked at as a possibility in a new study led by a psychology professor who works for Virginia Commonwealth University. The study, done in cooperation with researchers from the Lund University in Sweden, looks at Swedish families who have been affected by divorce and seeks to determine if there is a genetic proclivity for divorce.
The research, to be published in an upcoming issue of the periodical Psychological Science, is controversial. It suggests that if a proclivity for divorce has a genetic basis, merely counseling a couple on their interpersonal issues may be insufficient to prevent the couple from divorcing.
However, the research does not claim that a genetic basis applies to all individuals who are considering divorce. Therefore, dealing with interpersonal issues may be of great help to many couples, and is certainly worth considering. After all, divorce can adversely affect those involved financially, and really hurt the couple’s children, so all avenues that can prevent divorce are worth exploring.
If a couple does decide to divorce, regardless of their reason for doing so, they can seek to break away from the negative patterns that may have been present in the families they grew up with if their own parents divorced. They can seek out legal advice on how to address the attendant matters constructively, from ensuring that both of them get substantial parenting time after the marriage for the sake of the children to apportioning the money.
Source: Miami Herald, “Does divorce run in the family? This new study says it might be in our DNA,” Jared Gilmour, Oct. 05, 2017