"Empty Nest" May Improve The Quality In Marriage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/5/08

"Empty Nest" May Improve The Quality In Marriage

Contrary to popular belief, marriages are likely to improve once children leave the house for good.  Having an "empty nest" is a common experience for couples once their children leave for college, but a new study by researchers at the University of California in Berkeley suggests it could be good for a marriage. 

Experts at the university followed nearly 100 women for several years, continually assessing their satisfaction with their marriage. The study shows, marriages improved once the women had empty nests mostly because of the quality of time they had with their partner. 

The key message from their study is "hang in there", the marriage is likely to improve once couples have the opportunity to enjoy each other without distraction.

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