Religion, age, and location all have a part to play, but the research confirms an essential fact: those who marry their high school sweethearts will always tend to have happy, less conflict-laden marriages. Even if they eventually end up divorced for some reason.
It’s the last fact right there that is most sobering. Only 1 out of 5 people who marry their high school sweethearts ever even get to college, no matter what their age happens to be when they decided to get married. An even more fascinating and amazing statistic is this: less than 2% of people who marry their high school sweethearts ever earn a college degree.
Much has changed in 40 years in how the institution of marriage is perceived. When to marry, or when not to marry, has always been a moving cultural norm. People who marry their high school sweetheart might be happier, but they may also tend to accumulate less wealth, and are sometimes less competitive in the job market.
This data is that although it is very suggestive of the idea that couples which met in High School are less likely to divorce. However, they may also be subject to particular economic and developmental challenges emerging from the crucial life-choice they made to form a household in young adulthood.
Daniel is a Marriage and Family Therapist. He currently sees couples at Couples Therapy Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts, three seasons in Cummington (at the foothills of the Berkshires...) and in Miami during joint retreats with his wife, Dr. Kathy McMahon. He uses EFT, Gottman Method, Solution-focused and the Developmental Model in his approaches.
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