Having doubts about getting married? Don’t ignore them
When women have doubts before their wedding, their misgivings are often a warning sign of trouble if they go ahead with the marriage, psychologists have warned. The UCLA study demonstrates that pre-wedding uncertainty, especially among women, predicts higher divorce rates and less marital satisfaction years later. "People think everybody has premarital doubts and you don''t have to worry about them," Justin Lavner, lead author of the study, said.
"We found they are common but not benign. Newlywed wives who had doubts about getting married before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts. Among couples still married after four years, husbands and wives with doubts were significantly less satisfied with their marriage than those without doubts. "You know yourself, your partner and your relationship better than anybody else does; if you''re feeling nervous about it, pay attention to that. "It's worth exploring what you're nervous about," he said.