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Economy Also Pushes Dip in Divorce and Infidelity

From the same report we mentioned yesterday published by the Center for Disease Control (click here), the data revealed that not only are marriages and births down, but so too is divorce. In fact, the divorce rate is at its lowest point since the early 1970s. In fact, the divorce rate per 1,000 married women sank to 16.4 in 2009 from 16.9 the year before, a huge drop from 22.6 in 1980, according to an analysis of the data from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

Moreover, the Wall Street Journal quotes Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project who says his research shows infidelity is also down, particularly among married men. He goes on to say that his research shows that infidelity hasn't increased over the last 20 years. From his research in the 2000s, 21% of men and 14% of women reported that they had ever had sex with someone other than their spouse. In the 1990s, 22% of married men and 14% of married women said they’d had an affair. Today, 16% of men and 10% of women said they had an affair while married.

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