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Could Your Job Cause Doom for Your Marriage?

Carlsbad, CA – Does your spouse work in an environment where more than half of the employees are of the opposite sex? It could spell doom for your marriage, a new study has found.

Stockholm University sociologists Caroline Uggla and Gunnar Andersson focused on jobs as they looked at Denmark divorce rates.

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Their research found that men who worked in male-dominated fields — such as construction — showed a noticeably lower risk of divorce than women who worked in those same fields, Live Science reported. Conversely, the more women in a male-oriented job sector, the more likely he was to get a divorce.

The hotel and restaurant industries showed the highest divorce risk for men and women. Those who worked jobs in farming and library science had the lowest risk of divorce.

The researchers used Denmark’s detailed national register data to make their discovery. 
All men and women born in 1945 and later who married an opposite-sex spouse between 1981 and 2002 were included, IFL Science reported.
This is what the researchers said about choosing Denmark for the study:
“Denmark is an ideal setting for this study. Divorce is broadly accepted, whether or not a couple has children, and both men and women typically stay active in the labor market after starting a family. Notably, the sector sex ratio in Denmark varies greatly: within the healthcare sector, 18 percent are men, whereas in construction, about 92 percent are men.”
The likelihood of divorce among men was particularly pronounced when they had more education, according to Phys.org. There was no increase in divorce rates for women who had more education.

Although reasons for the trends weren’t identified, Uggla and Andersson offered some possibilities. One is that men are more attracted to people who have similar education and job interests. Another is that “simply being around more women likely gave them more opportunities to meet a more suitable mate,” the Phys.org article stated.

Another factor that Uggla and Andersson identified that played a role in marital success was age at marriage. Those who married when they were younger were more likely to divorce than those who waited until they were older than 40 to tie the knot. Where couples live also appeared to have an impact. Those who lived outside Copenhagen were less likely to get divorced than those who lived in the city.

Finally, even though more education in men tended to be a sign of divorce potential, the overall result of more education tended to result in lower divorce rates.

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