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Nurses more likely to divorce


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%.


Readers' comments (2)

  • I am sorry but i cannot believe the validity of this article. Nearly all research methods involved in collecting data are never entireley accurate so called strong reliable data can never portrayed as an accurate corrolation that can be used to judge an overall perspective especially one of such an personal individualistic subject such as this. In my humble opinion all jobs can affect family imbalances can cause problems. Before i looked at mental health i was a chef they are vulnerable too. Psychology is like a box of tools you must use the right tool for the right job research methods used here can never predict a individuals behaviour nurses can though. Apologies for my dyslexic spelling.

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  • I'm doing a nurse occupation research and I have great interest in this issue. Where can I get more information to determine nurses more likely to divorce?

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