Expert Talks Divorce Rate Increase

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Updated: 10/02/2012 10:51 pm

Marriage experts are saying the lack of marriage education is contributing to increased divorce rates in America.

Studies by the center for disease control and prevention indicate that for every two new marriages, one ends in divorce. In other words, 50% of couples who get married end with a divorce.

“It’s like you’re buying a toaster, oh this toaster isn’t working for me anymore, I think I’ll return it and get a new toaster, I want a red one this time” said Marriage and Family Therapist Scott Gardner.

Every student at Brigham Young University – Idaho is required to take at least one marriage preparation class. Gardner says classes like these reduce the likelihood of divorce.

“One of the things we know about people who take marriage preparation classes for example is that people who take marriage preparation classes have half the divorce rate compared to people who don’t” continued Gardner.

“I took Family Foundations actually just last semester and it was awesome, like it taught a lot of, it brought a lot of new insight into the marriage and made me think about my marriage in a different way, it makes me keep more of a long term perspective as opposed to just you know if I’m annoyed or my wife’s annoyed with me, it makes it easier to kind of look past
those little things and to kind of see how we can make it work for the long term and be forgiving and understanding of one another” said young married student Quin Eliason.

Gardner says successful marriages work especially well when both couples are willing to be teachable and changeable.

“It’s not something like I anticipated going into marriage just how dependent you become on that person and really how they become everything to you and a vital part of your life and with that vital part of your life, any success I have, she’s right behind it” continued Eliason.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help your marriage you can read these:

Cooperative Extension by Barbara Petty (high school program)

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