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Couples With Sons Less Likely to Divorce than Couples With Daughters

Let's cut straight to the chase, parents of girls are 5 percent more likely to divorce than parents of boys. Moreover, the more daughters or boys added to the equation the greater the gap becomes. For example, if a couple had three daughters, their likelihood of divorce is 10 percent greater than a couple with three boys. This information has been around since 2003 when Gordon Dahl at the University of Rochester and Enrico Moretti at UCLA identified that gap. Originally, researchers thought the reasoning for this gap was that boys were more beneficial to a marriage, as in they help more with chores, etc. However, some are now thinking just the opposite, in that girls are more emotionally available for their mothers who wish to get out of a bad marriage and therefore provide the emotional support to women who are juggling the decision. There's no clear cut reasoning for this, but we're curious as to your thoughts. For more, click here.

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