Atlanta, Georgia (PressExposure) February 14, 2012 -- A University of Arizona study that seems to tie divorce to an early death actuality suggests something very different: that bad relationships - not the divorce - are to blame, scientists say.
A new review published by the University of Arizona, which includes more than 30 studies, found that divorced adults are 23% more likely to die early, which is comparable to other public-health risks such as not enough exercise, being overweight, drinking heavily, and smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.
However, according to scientists, this correlation does not prove that divorce makes people more likely to die young. In fact, scientists argue, it's a reflection of a statistical illusion: the result of comparing a set of married couples, which includes people in happy and bad marriages, with a set of divorced individuals, which is just composed of people who were in bad marriages. Psychological studies have long suggested that being in a bad relationship can reduce your overall health-even after the relationship has ended. In addition, other factors, such as substance abuse, may cause both divorce and early death.
Our Atlanta divorce attorneys therefore caution that the conclusion people should reach from this study is not that divorce is dangerous, but that bad relationships are. Continuing a bad marriage - especially an abusive one -- may have serious negative health effects, including depression. In fact, for many Georgians who get divorced, their Atlanta divorce can be a new lease on life that allows them to cultivate healthier relationships (Three-quarters of divorced adults remarry). With the help of an Atlanta family law attorney, allow yourself to find the love and life you're really meant for.
The Atlanta divorce lawyers of Margolis Legal Group provide their experienced legal advice and help to people getting divorced. They offer personalized attention to each client in pursuit of best possible outcome.
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