Early Stress May Strengthen A Marriage

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Studies show suffering hardships early in a marriage can actually solidify a couple's commitment... if they survive. Time cites husbands and wives in the Depression as an example. Were marriages stronger then, or was divorce just not an option? [Time]

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Hmm. The article I read in the NY Times (perhaps six weeks ago?) stated that divorce rates went down during the Depression and immediate aftermath, but shot right back up once the economy improved. Knowing couples who have had to stay together because they truly cannot afford to split up (stuck in a mortgage, can't afford two households, etc), I took that reading of the Depression-era data. That being said, it could easily be the case that different types of stressors (economic vs., eg, physical or mental health) impact marital strength differently.