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Study Finds Women With Pre-Wedding Jitters More Likely To Divorce

A new study from the University of California in Los Angeles found that women who had cold feet had a higher divorce rate and reported less marital satisfaction than those without the pre-marital jitters. 

Researchers found women with doubts before their wedding was 2.5 times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts. Those who remained married reported being significantly less satisfied with their marriages than those without doubts. 

Psychologists looked at 464 newlywed spouses in Los Angeles within the first months of marriage and then conducted follow-up surveys with the couples every six months for four years. The average age of the husband was 27 and the average age of the wife was 25. 

In the initial interviews, 47 percent of husbands and 38 percent of wives reported being uncertain or hesitant at some point about getting married. Researchers noted the wives' doubts were actually more meaningful and a better predictor of how the relationship would turn out. 

Nineteen percent of women and fourteen percent of men who reported pre-wedding doubts were divorced four years later compared with eight percent of women and nine percent of men who didn't report doubts. 

The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation along with UCLA's Academic Senate. 

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