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Who’s at Greater Risk for Divorce—Doctors, Lawyers or Business Owners?

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It’s a cultural stereotype that doctors lead the way when it comes to divorce—the long hours, the high income, and the stress all are considered to contribute to the high rate of divorce among medical professionals. But a recent study indicates that other professions may be in greater peril of marital discord.

According to a study conducted by the British Medical Journal, in which more than 6.5 million divorces were reviewed, including nearly a quarter of a million involving medical professionals, doctors trail many other professions. The research showed that less than one in four (24%) of physicians went through a divorce. Health care executives had a significantly higher rate—31% –and nurses were even higher, at 33%. Though lawyers divorced more often than doctors—27% experienced a marital breakup—the rate for non-medical professionals as a whole was 35%.

One area where medical professionals did experience high numbers of divorces—female doctors. The study found that female physicians were 50% more likely to be a party to a divorce than their male colleagues. Researchers say the challenges of being a working mother in the medical profession account for much of the difference. In an interesting twist, the data showed that the rates of divorce when up for female doctors who worked more than 40 hours a week, but went down for male doctors when they worked overtime.

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