Divorced people are more twice as likely to die in preventable accidents than their married friends and neighbours, according to a new study.
Researchers at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania examined the ways in which status and relationships affect life expectancy.
Analysing data from the National Health Interview Survey, they compared more than 1,300 adults who had experienced serious accidents in the 2o years to 2006.
Divorced people fell victim in significantly higher numbers to the most preventable causes of accidental death – specifically fire, poisoning and smoke inhalation.
However, they were no more likely than married people to die from the least preventable causes of accidental death –for example, air crashes.
Lead researcher Justin Denney said:
“…marital status is influential in that it can provide positive support, may discourage a partner’s risk and offer immediate support that saves lives in the event of an emergency.”