Item from the Smart Marriages Archive, reproduced in the Divorce Statistics Collection

From New York Times editorial page July 16, 1999

Marriage Loses in 'Divorce Culture'

To the Editor:

"... society's greater acceptance of divorce may
itself be contributing to the decline in marital happiness. A study
published in the Journal of Family Issues recently concluded that "by
adopting attitudes that provide greater freedom to leave unsatisfying
marriages, people may be increasing the likelihood that their marriages
will become unsatisfying in the long run."
It seems that the divorce culture feeds on itself, creating a one-way
downward spiral of unhappiness and failure.

David Brenner
New York, July 14, 1999
The writer is associate director of the Institute for American Values.

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