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Cold feet? Pre-wedding jitters of bride is divorce indicator

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(Read caption) Cold feet – pre-wedding jitters of the bride, in particular – are a substantial risk for divorce, a new study shows. Here, brides from across America, winners of the 17th Annual Empire State Building & Valentine's Day Weddings Event, posed in their gowns at the 86th floor Observatory, Feb. 13, 2011

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Feeling cold feet with the wedding around the corner?  Don’t just shrug off those premarital jitters, psychologists from University of California, Los Angeles say. Especially if you are the bride-to-be.

In a new study, published this month in the American Psychological Association’s  “Journal of Family Psychology,” UCLA researchers found that women who reported pre-wedding doubts were 2.5 times more likely to divorce than those who went confidently down the aisle.

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And although men were more likely to report doubts about tying the knot (47 percent of husbands said they had been uncertain or hesitant about getting married), it was the women whose jitters were more indicative of later marital trouble. Nineteen percent of women who reported pre-wedding doubts were divorced four years later (It was 14 percent for the nervous husbands-to-be).

"People think everybody has premarital doubts and you don't have to worry about them," Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study, told the UCLA news service. "We found they are common but not benign.”


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