Perhaps your husband announced after a bitter fight that he’s filing for divorce; and now you’re researching legal options for yourself in a panic.
Or maybe you’re already in the throes of a child custody battle, and you want to build your next relationship on a more solid foundation. New research suggests that married couples who watch romantic comedies together – and then discuss the movies afterwards for 45 minutes – substantially reduce their likelihood of getting divorced.
The study’s author, Ronald Rogge, released a press release about the study, which examined the efficacy of three interventions designed to prolong marriages. Two interventions trained couples to discuss topics and to practice acts of kindness and compassion towards one another. Both interventions used outside professionals. The third intervention was simpler. Couples had to watch 5 romantic comedies together and discuss them afterwards at length.
Surprisingly, the third group did remarkably well in the study. Researchers say that this intervention lowered the likelihood of divorce from 24% to 11% (over a three year period).
Bear in mind the limitations, however. The study only examined 174 couples. It was a small study, in other words. Also: how, exactly, did the third intervention succeed? Does the mere act of discussing romantic pitfalls and pratfalls lead to more open relationship conversations?
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