How Sexual Partners Impact Divorce Risk


James Parker

2 min read

Imagine having a crystal ball that could predict the future stability of a marriage.

In today’s post, I’ll show you how the number of sexual partners a person has before marriage can significantly impact their risk of divorce.

This study not only broadened my understanding of marriage but also challenged many commonly held beliefs about cohabitation and marital disruption. Let’s dive right in!

The Intriguing Findings of Jay Teachman's Study

Teachman's research utilized data from the National Survey of Family Growth 1995 cycle, involving over 6,500 women.

This meticulously controlled study revealed that women who have multiple premarital sexual partners or live with more than one partner before marriage face a higher risk of divorce.

But there’s a catch!

It's Not About Cohabitation, But the Number of Partners

The most enlightening aspect of Teachman's findings is that it's not necessarily the act of premarital sex or cohabitation that increases the risk of divorce.

Instead, it's the number of intimate premarital relationships that plays a significant role.

Surprisingly, women whose intimate premarital relationships are limited to their future husbands do not experience an increased risk of divorce.

Stable marriage rate as per Teachman study (as calculated on 10 year divorce risk)

Now that we’ve explored the fascinating insights from Jay Teachman's study, I’d like to hear from you.

Do you think the number of sexual partners before marriage is a crucial factor in the stability of a marriage?

Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!