Sixty-two per cent of people surveyed by polling organization Yougov said they thought divorce wassocially acceptable, with just four per cent saying they strongly agreed with the idea that divorce was a social taboo.
Relate counsellor Christine Northam said:
“Divorce has become much more familiar in modern life; it’s not the hushed secret it was years ago. Most of us have been affected by divorce, whether we’ve gone through it, know someone who has, or have been affected by our parents’ divorce, so the taboo status has lost much of its power.”
Younger people, in the 25-34 age group, are more likely to think of divorce as a taboo, claims the survey.
“The generational difference in attitude could be put down to the young couples’ proximity to parental divorce, and an unwillingness to repeat the same mistakes. I see younger couples anxious to try fix a relationship, but there are still vast numbers of couples who give up on marriage too quickly before seeking professional help.”
The survey was carried to publicise the release of divorce on DVD of wedding comedy I Give It A Year.
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