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Marital Status Distribution of the U.K. Military: Does It Differ From the General Population?

July, 2016
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The U.K. media suggest that U.K. military personnel have high divorce rates; to date, these claims are not substantiated. Marital status distribution of the general population and military were compared using data from the Office for National Statistics’ marital projections and a military cohort study, in order to investigate these issues further.

Abstract

The U.K. media suggest that U.K. military personnel have high divorce rates; to date, these claims are not substantiated. Marital status distribution of the general population and military were compared using data from the Office for National Statistics' marital projections and a military cohort study. Overall, military personnel were more likely to be married and less likely to be divorced than were the general population. Women in the military and married military personnel younger than 30 years of age are more likely to report divorce. Military welfare services might target these groups with programs assisting marital relationships.

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Mary Keeling, Simon Wessely & Nicola T. Fear (2016): Marital Status Distribution of the U.K. Military: Does It Differ From the General Population?. Military Behavioral Health. DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2016.1213209.

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