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Divorce Research 2011: Top 11 Findings Of The Year

Divorce Research

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/30/11 03:55 AM ET Updated: 12/08/11 11:18 AM ET

Though celebrity divorces tend to steal the spotlight -- we have Ashton Kutcher, J.Lo, and Kim Kardashian to thank for that -- divorce research findings got their fair share of attention this year, particularly those that touched on hot-button issues like the recession, child development, and the always-popular topic of infidelity.

Click through HuffPost Divorce's 11 most talked-about research findings of 2011 and weigh in: which study surprised you most?

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A University of Cambridge study released in February 2011 found that happy teens are more likely to divorce than their less-happy counterparts. Researchers used data from 2,776 teens ages 13-15 who participated in a 1946 British cohort study, in which their teachers rated their happiness levels at the time. The researchers then went back to those same people at ages 36, 43, and 53 and measured their incidence of mental disorder, life satisfaction, and social lives -- including divorce. The teens who had received the highest happiness ratings divorced at a higher rate (20.4 %) than the other, less-happy study participants.

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