Divorce ‘Not Bad’ for Health

Divorce ‘Not Bad’ for HealthDivorce ‘Not Bad’ for Health

People who have been through a divorce are as healthy as couples in stable marriages, says a new study. “The upheaval of divorce, separation and remarriage might not be as bad for health as is generally believed,” said researchers from the University College London Institute of Education, London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Lead author Dr George Ploubidis, a population health scientist at the institute of education, admits he was surprised by the results. Previous studies have shown that relationship breakdowns can have a negative impact on health, reports

He said: “I think the results we found are very interesting. We expected that when you have a lot of transitions in life, you have worse health but actually transitions such as separation and divorce do not have a long-term effect.”

Most of the divorcees they analyzed had also “bounced back” and started new relationships.