07/21/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
U.S. – A recent study suggests divorce could be contagious in social circles. As reported by CNN, the study, by James H. Fowler, a professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, and fellow researchers at Harvard and Brown Universities, found that individuals may be influenced by divorcing family members or friends to end their own marriages.
Fowler is quoted in the report as stating, “We think of a regular contagion like the flu… You get a virus and you’re more likely to spread the symptoms to someone else. This is not just true for a virus. This is true for a lot of social behaviors.”
Reasons presented in the study for why divorce may have a domino effect include many seeing benefits in divorce when discussing it with family members or friends.
The study is titled “Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects on Divorce in a Longitudinal Sample Followed for 32 Years.”
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