- Nicholas Wolfinger, a professor at the University of Utah says people who marry in mid-thirties at greater risk of divorce
- The research also claims by mid-thirties, most people have grown into being one’s ‘own person’, more self-assured and confident and set in certain ways and behaviour
A professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, Nicholas Wolfinger, has claimed that people who marry in their mid-thirties are at greater risk of getting divorced.
According to him, the best age for couples to tie the knot is either in their late twenties or early thirties.
Professor Wolfinger arrived at this after an extensive research on the connection between the age individuals are when they marry and the likelihood that they will divorce.
Data collated by the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) from 2006 to 2010 indicates that divorcing is at a premium for newlyweds in their late twenties and early thirties.
However, the data also pointed to the fact that divorces tend to be high when the age of newlyweds increases to mid-to-late thirties.
Persons within the ages of 15 and 44 were used for the period which the survey was conducted by the NSFG.
To give more credence to his observation, Prof Wolfinger examined findings from the 2011-2013 NSFG survey.
To this end, he focused on the correlation between the ages when getting married and divorcing are less and high.
In his finding, he noted that those aged between 28 and 32 when they marry have the lowest risk of eventually divorcing.
“Getting married in mid-thirties can be more challenging than getting married earlier on, due to the difficulty of adjusting to the challenges of being a ‘we-some’ rather than just looking after and catering for the needs of only ‘me’,” a relationship guru and matrimonial consultant, Sheela Mackintosh Stewart, told The Independent.
According to her, “one is more likely to be in a mid-senior management position with increased job responsibilities, staff and some travelling, all requiring time, effort, energy and added stress impinging on important spousal and family time.
“Second, the added pressure and stress of having to simultaneously pack in marriage, career, and kids if you want them, into a few short years.”
She added: “By mid-thirties, most people have grown into being one’s ‘own person’, more self-assured and confident and set in certain ways and behaviour.
“The drawback can result in selfish, self-absorbed behaviour and being less flexible and less willing to compromise, which is fundamental to marital success.”
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