Marriages are more likely to end in divorce if the wife takes seriously ill, AFP reported, citing US researchers.
Their study in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found divorce is 6 percent more likely if the wife falls ill than if she remains in good health.
However, when husbands fall gravely ill, the likelihood of divorce remains unchanged, the researchers found.
The study, led by Amelia Karraker ofIowa State University, monitored 2,701 marriages over almost two decades; at the start of the study, one of the partners had to be at least 51 years old.
In the end, 32 percent ended in divorce, while in 24 percent one of the partners died.
Illness can often take a serious financial toll on couples and can hasten divorce, Karraker said.
And the quality of caregiving is a major factor.
Wives are generally less satisfied with the care from their husbands, Karraker said. She said men, especially older ones, often have not learned to be caregivers in the same way women often have.
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