An intriguing new study is challenging the concept of a divorce. It turns out that this devastating life event might not be entirely linked to the history of the pair. One of the reasons why some people request separation can have a genetic nature. Therefore, some divorced couples risked reaching this point from the moment they were born.
Adoptees Were More at Risk to Replicate Their Biological Parents’ Divorce Than Those of Their Adoptive Family
So far, research showed that offspring of divorced parents are more inclined to repeat their family’s history than those kids from two-parent households. A new paper that appeared in Psychological Science took a more in-depth look into this issue.
The reason why kids from broken marriages have higher chances to experience a divorce themselves might have little to do with the way their parents nurtured them. Instead, this destiny might be encoded directly into their genes.
An international team of scientists from Sweden and the United States was behind this study. They investigated data from 20,000 Swedish cases of adults who were adopted as kids. Their findings point out that this pool of grownups was more inclined to replicate the divorces their biological parents went through than the history of their adoptive family.
Lead author Jessica Salvatore, Ph.D., believes these observations are of great significance. They actually go against popular beliefs that blame parents of exposing their offspring to the experience of a divorce. However, this new paper contradicts this scenario and blames this behavioral heritage on genetics.
On the other hand, Salvatore doesn’t match a child’s love life to the example their parents set for them as divorced couples. However, this is merely a risk factor.
“We all bring liabilities into our relationships, whether we come from a happy, harmonious home or a troubled and fractured home.”
The Study Indicates that Divorced Couples Are the Result of a Plethora of Genetic, Environmental Factors
The study contains a secondary sample with 80,000 participants. This time, the cases regarded grownups with a biological mother and a stepfather.
The findings indicate that the participants’ divorce rates were influenced by their biological fathers, even though they didn’t share a home together. On the other hand, the mother’s relationship with stepfather was considered as an even more powerful influence in children’s love life.
Therefore, the study concludes that a divorce is the result of a cocktail of agents. Some of them have even genetic materials. Therefore, this is an indication for professionals who work with struggling or divorced couples to better consider how they formulate their guidance.
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