Research

Bill Doherty, Ph.D. is a published researcher. Any data we offer comes from sources. Reach out to us with any questions.

Marriage rates on our Marriage Counseling State Pages

We estimate about 2% of all married couples will seek out marriage therapy in any given year.

Source Neil Chetnik‘s book Voice Male. He talks about lifetime rates of men reporting having ever been to marriage therapy. If you average it all out, a conservative estimate is 2% of couples in any given year.

Divorce rates on our Discernment Counseling State Pages

12% of currently married individuals are seriously thinking about divorce. Most would still like to save their marriage. See http://familystudiescenter.byu.edu. The original study citation is:

Hawkins, A. J., Galovan, A. M., Harris, S. M., Allen, S. E., Allen, S. M., Roberts, K. M., & Schramm, D. G. (2017) What Are They Thinking? A National-Sample Study of Stability and Change in Divorce Ideation. Family Process, in press.

These results suggest that among those who were unhappy with their marriage, disruption of that marriage does not necessarily lead to declines in emotional well-being. However, our results do not support the hypothesis that disruption of an unhappy marriage leads to improvements in emotional well-being; in no case did those who divorced or separated show higher well-being than those who remained married, and on some measures they show lower well-being.

We would expect the largest improvements in well-being [after divorce], should they appear, among those who ended a marriage that they thought was unhappy and entered another. However, on none of the dimensions of well-being that we examined do we see improvements in emotional well-being for those who ended one marriage and formed another, compared to those who remained married. Clearly, if one of the goals of ending a marriage with which one is unhappy is to improve one’s emotional well-being, this goal is not typically reached.

Waite. L. J., Luo, Y., & Lewin A. C. (2009). Marital happiness and marital stability: Consequences for psychological well-being. Social Science Research, 38, 201-212.