People who work in nursing and other caring professions are more likely than others to separate from their partners, according to research.
The research, published in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, linked occupations with divorce and separation rates - and found that nurses face a 28% chance of their relationships ending prematurely.
This compared with an 18% chance for journalists, 17% for librarians and dieticians, and 10% for dentists, pharmacists and chief executives.
Dai Williams, a chartered occupational psychologist and and member of the British Psychological Society, said the nature of the caring professions made it difficult for relationships to succeed: “Those involved in caring professions experience a high level of break-up. This might be because they spend too long caring for other people at the cost of their own families, or because they are naturally sensitive people who are more vulnerable and sensitive in their own relationship.”
The profession with the lowest chance of divorce was agricultural engineers with 2%, while the highest were dancers and choreographers, at 40%.