Saturday, January 18, 2014

Conservative Evangelicals drive up divorce rates for everyone

Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them, a new study finds.... 
Researchers discovered that higher divorce rates among conservative Protestants were tied to earlier marriages and childbearing – factors known to ramp up divorce. ... 
County by county, for every 1% increase in the share of conservative Protestants compared with mainline Protestants, the divorce rate increased 0.02%, the study found. Glass argued that community institutions in such areas might encourage early marriage, affecting divorce rates for everyone who lives there. 
“Pharmacies might not give out emergency contraception. Schools might only teach abstinence education,” Glass added. On top of that, “if you live in a marriage market where everybody marries young, you postpone marriage at your own risk. The best catches … are going to go first.” 
...“It’s surprising,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. “In some contexts in America today, religion is a buffer against divorce. But in the conservative Protestant context, this paper is showing us that it’s not.”
So much for family values.

1 comment:

Chelliah Laity said...

I am not surprised at the increased divorce rate. Being pious and sanctimonious doesn't bring happiness.