Most of the studies focusing on divorce and the ending of relationships and cohabitations are based on qualitative research, not quantitative but a new study out of the UK overcomes the disadvantages of past research and provides a clearer insight into why live-in partnerships come to an end.
The data come from NATSAL-3, a nationally representative survey of over 15,000 UK residents ages 16-74 interviewed between 2010 and 2012. Overall, 11% of the men and 14% of the women in the sample reported they experienced the end of a live-in partnership (marital or cohabiting) in the 5 years prior to interview (2% of men’s and 3.5% of women’s ended partnerships had been with a same-sex partner).
The top five reasons marriages and cohabitations end are as follows:
|1.||Grew apart – 36%||Grew apart – 39%|
|2.||Arguments – 30%||Arguments – 27%|
|3.||Lack of respect – 25%||Unfaithfulness – 18%|
|4.||Unfaithfulness – 24%||Lack of respect – 17%|
|5.||Domestic violence – 16%||Different interests – 16%|
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