Last week, we told you that the commonly held belief that half of marriages end up in divorce was just a myth. According to the New York Times, The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s and early 1980s and has been declining for the three decades since. So if the institution of marriage is going stronger than ever, what made it so?
Philip Cohen, author of the new textbook The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change, narrates in this animated infographic explaining how a variety of factors influence the divorce rate, and how it plays out among different social groups. One by one, Cohen gives an overview of how these key indicators work in relationships.
One of the main contributing factors to how a married couple will fare is their level of education. Divorce is more common among those with less than a college education for two reasons according to Cohen. People with less education tend to marry younger and, as a whole, they're less financially stable than their married counterparts with college degrees.
Watch the video for more facts about what makes a marriage successful.