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Study: Divorce Rate In Older Adults Doubles

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Married couples live longer and healthier lives than cohabiting and single counterparts, a new study finds. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Married couples live longer and healthier lives than cohabiting and single counterparts, a new study finds. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – The U.S. has one of the highest divorce rates in the world as nearly 45 percent of marriages are expected to end through divorce.

Now a study has found that the divorce rate among older adults has more than doubled since 1980 and one in four persons who gets a divorce today is over age 50.

Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin conducted the study at the Center for Family and Demographic Research within Bowling Green State University.

The goal of the study was to document trends, patterns, and correlate the risk of divorce among older adults. Researchers drew on information collected in the 2009 American Community Survey, which measures divorces that occurred in the past 12 months to estimate the divorce rate for older adults.

The 2009 survey was collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the sample is weighted to represent the entire U.S. population. Respondents are asked whether they experienced a divorce in the past 12 months as well as whether they were widowed during this time frame.

The study also found blacks and Hispanics are more likely to divorce than whites, disabled persons are more likely to experience divorce or widowhood, and education is negatively related to both divorce and widowed.

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