Online Buzz: Baby Boomers Still Divorcing at a High Rate
"Parting ways." "Splitting up." "Moving on." Whatever phrase you use to describe married couples divorcing, new research shows that baby boomers—Americans born between 1945 and 1964—have as high of a divorce rate in their 40s, 50s and 60s as they did in their 20s and 30s.
To arrive at this revelation, demographers at the University of Minnesota adjusted the divorce rate for the changes in the age composition of the married population (in 1980, the U.S. population was younger and more likely to split up in their first seven to 10 years of marriage). Previous statistics listed American divorce rates dropping, but that's not so with the middle-aged and older population, as the new research reveals.
So why are the 50-plus group dissolving their marriages at a higher rate? Social science experts point to the boomers coming of age in the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" era where they pushed against the status quo of traditions in gender roles and marriage. Many boomers who anticipate staying 20 or 30 more years with the same person are nevertheless ready to walk if the relationship weighs too much on their aspirations and staying youthful.
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