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Can divorce be catching?

According to a recent study from America, divorce can be contagious, reports the Pew Research Centre.

Researchers at Brown University conducted a study looking at data relating to marriage and divorce over a 30-year period. They apparently found that study participants had a 75% greater risk of getting divorced if they have a friend who is divorced, and were 33% more likely to separate or divorce if one of their friends has a friend who is divorced.

“Approaching the epidemiology of divorce from the perspective of an epidemic may be apt in more ways than one,” researchers said. “The contagion of divorce can spread through a social network like a rumour, affecting friends up to two degrees removed.”

The study authors do point out however that the participants in their study don’t represent a wide enough demographic group to represent the whole of the US.

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