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A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense shows that the stress of war has led to a gradual increase in divorce among couples that are separated by military duty.
The study surprised researchers because they expected to find a more significant spike since there have been more military deployments following the September 1l attack.
Study Exposed on Capitol Hill
The study was made public during a briefing at Capitol Hill early this week in relation to the concerns over media reports that there was a link in the high divorce rates in America and the ongoing war.
“We see a slight increase, not the drastic increase that some would have expected,” stated UCLA professor, Benjamin Karney.
Researchers Analyze Statistics
The researchers who conducted the study analyzed data from about six million men and women enlisted in the military.
They then reviewed the divorce rates between 1996 through 2005.
There was a much higher percentage of enlisted women getting divorced.
About 7.3 percent of married enlisted women were reportedly divorced in 2005 while only 2.8 percent of enlisted men went through a divorce during the same year.
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