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More siblings lower odds of divorce

AFP-JIJI

The more siblings you have, the less likely you are to get divorced when you grow up, suggests a study presented Tuesday.

Doug Downey of Ohio State University said that, in terms of divorce, having no siblings or just one or two doesn’t make much of a practical difference. “But when you compare children from large families to those with only one child, there is a meaningful gap in the probability of divorce,” he said.

Using data from the General Social Survey, Downey and his fellow researchers calculated that the likelihood of divorce in adulthood drops 2 percent with each additional brother or sister a person has.