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Divorce may be hereditary

Parents across California who decide to divorce are always concerned with the way their children will be affected, especially in their future relationships. A new study shows that while children of divorce are more likely to divorce themselves, the reason why may be surprising.

As Health.com reports, researchers have uncovered new data showing that the likelihood of divorce may be passed down genetically. The study traced the marital history of 20,000 Swedish adults who were adopted as children. The researchers used information from the Swedish national registry to see whether adopted children followed either their adoptive or biological parents' footsteps in relationships. They were surprised to see that the adults who were adopted were more likely to have a marital history that resembled their biological parents and siblings, despite what happened in the relationship of the parents who raised them. 

This flies in the face of the common thought that children of divorce imitate the behavior they saw in their own relationship, causing them to divorce, too. Instead, the researchers believe that this could, instead, be due to the children inheriting personality traits that previous research has shown to have a genetic link, such as neuroticism or impulsiveness. These personality traits have been shown, in other research, to be more commonly present in divorce. As Science Daily notes, the researchers hope that this information could help couples counselors to focus on less-traditional couple therapies, such as using a cognitive behavioral method to focus on negative emotional responses or working on restraint, rather than solely trying to improve commitment or working on conflict resolution. 

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