July 26th, 2011
Divorce rates for women in the military is double the divorce rate for men in the military. Approximately 8% of the women in the Armed Services of the United States obtained a divorce in 2010. Only 3% of the men in the military were divorced in that year. Dr. Benjamin Carney, a psychology professor at UCLA, conducted a study of divorce rates among military families between 1996 and 2005. This study showed that divorce rates for women in the military were 2 to 3 times higher than divorce rates for men. Dr. Carney has two theories as to why the divorce rates for women are higher. First is that the Armed Services are designed for military families that have civilian wives. The Armed Services is not designed to deal with families where the husband is the civilian. Marriages between men, who are in civilian life and women who have military careers have the highest potential of ending in a divorce. Men who have chosen military careers have civilian wives in 90% of the marriages. However, women in the military have a majority of spouses that are also in the military service. Professor Carney also sees gender role reversals as an additional reason for the disparity between the divorce rates for men and women in the Armed Services.
Conclusion: If the Armed Services is going to be a more attractive place for women, action must be taken to help them maintain and keep their marriages going.
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