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年龄差距不会增加离婚风险

2008-07-03
研究显示:年龄差距不会增加离婚风险
AGE GAP NO RISK TO MARRIAGES, ONS SAYS
英国《金融时报》德尔菲娜•施特劳斯(Delphine Strauss)报道
2008年6月30日 星期一
选择与年长或年轻很多的人结婚,风险并没有许多人想象的那样大。英国国家统计局(ONS)的研究发现,年龄差距大的夫妻并非更容易离婚

《愿嫁金龟婿》(How to Marry a Millionaire)之类的好莱坞经典影片强调了一个信息,即嫁给年长的有钱人不是幸福的保证。

丈夫仍然往往比妻子年长,虽然再婚数量增加导致夫妻年龄差别比过去更加多样化。不过英国国家统计局表示,几乎没有证据表明,年龄差距大会影响婚姻幸福。

英国国家统计局的报告总结道:“虽然普遍的观点与此相反,但夫妻年龄差距与离婚的可能性之间似乎没有任何明显的联系。”

唯一一个似乎更容易分手的群体,是那些在30岁以后结婚、比伴侣大10岁以上的人,特别是之前结过婚的人。

当然,另一个可能性是,一些婚姻不幸福的人只是在等待问题消失。

英国国家统计局巧妙地解释:“鉴于年长者死亡的可能性更大,与年龄相仿者相比,年龄差距大的夫妻也许会更多地面临的威胁。”

“对于年龄差距大的夫妻来说,配偶死亡情况增多造成的离婚率下降,也许掩盖了年龄差距造成的离婚风险的增加。”

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阅读本文章英文,请点击 AGE GAP NO RISK TO MARRIAGES, ONS SAYS

AGE GAP NO RISK TO MARRIAGES, ONS SAYS

By Delphine Strauss
Monday, June 30, 2008
Marrying someone much older or younger is not as risky a choice as many people think, according to research by the Office for National Statistics that found couples with a big age gap were no more likely to divorce.

Hollywood classics such as How to Marry a Millionaire have hammered home the message that hunting for a rich older man is no guarantee of happiness.

Husbands still tend to be older than wives, although an increase in numbers of remarriages has contributed to greater variety in age gaps than in the past. But the ONS said there was little evidence that a big age difference affected the success of a marriage.

“Despite any popular belief to the contrary, there does not appear to be any strong association between marital age difference and probability of divorce,” the article concluded.

The only group that did seem more prone to splits involved people marrying above the age of 30 who were more than 10 years older than their partner, especially those who had married in earlier decades.

Of course, one other possibility is that some people in unhappy marriages are simply waiting for the problem to go away.

The ONS delicately explains, “Given that older people are more likely to die, couples with larger age differences may be more exposed to death than couples who are the same age.

“For couples with larger age differences, a decrease in divorces due to more deaths might hide an increased risk of divorce due to the age difference.”本栏目下分类文章部分1

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