Anyone who has ever gone through divorce can tell you that there are many different issues in life that can lead to the end of a marriage. One in particular that comes into play a lot is a person's career. It can determine the amount of money that comes into the home and also the amount of time that a spouse spends away from the family home. Both of these issues can really put a strain on a relationship.
Although many people might think that doctors have high divorce rates due to their long hours and stressful jobs, there really hasn't been any research to back that up or refute it - until now, that is.
Researchers looked at survey results from over 40,000 doctors, as well as 200,000 health care executives, dentists, nurses and pharmacists, which were taken between 2008 and 2013. The surveys showed that 33 percent of nurses, 23 percent of pharmacists, 25 percent of dentists, 31 percent of health care executives and 24 percent of doctors had been divorced. When it came to people outside of the health field, the percentage sat at 35.
The researchers did learn something interesting from the surveys - female doctors "were about 1.5 times more likely to have been divorced than men of a similar age." Those women who worked more than 40 hours per week were also more likely to divorce than those who worked less. Researchers said this may have something to do with women trying to achieve a work-life balance and the greater tradeoffs that come with having to do so. In our next post we will discuss jobs that have been known to really put a strain on a relationship.