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A divorce-prevention measure that lasts (at least) two generations!

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Aug 14, 2013

Sociologists from Ohio State University have found that children from large families have markedly lower divorce rates.

The equation that emerged after a 40-year study, involving a sample of 57,000 American adults, was simple: The more siblings you had as a child, the less likely you were to be divorced as an adult. The researchers don’t offer an explanation for this phenomenon—in fact they seem to be stumped—but they know it’s not because the children from large families don’t marry. On the contrary, they’re more likely to marry, and more likely to stay married, than their small-family counterparts.

We already know that among married couples who don’t use contraceptives, the rate of divorce approaches zero. Obviously these couples are more likely to have multiple children. So by eschewing contraceptives, a married couple is taking a huge step to guard against divorce—not only for themselves, but for their children as well.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Aug. 20, 2013 10:19 AM ET USA

    Thank heaven for the Ohio State sociologists for proving the obvious. A perfect example of ivory tower occupants who think they need to scientifically prove what a serious Christian already knows. Citizens of Ohio, keep paying your taxes.

  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Aug. 17, 2013 5:48 AM ET USA

    Marvellous! So, (all you who read this) have at least one more child if you are married and can take that responsibility and God gives you one! Do a favour to your other children.