PITTSBURGH, PA, February 12, 2002 ( – A study published in the February 11 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that divorce is linked to a greater likelihood of early death in men. The study by Dr. Karen Mattews of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Dr. Brooks Gump of the State University of New York-Oswego studied 10,904 men. It found a relative risk of 1.37 (95% confidence interval, 1.09-1.72) for those who divorced compared with those who remained married for total mortality.

The study which used a nine-year follow-up found the most deaths among men who experienced both work stress and divorce. The authors suggested “remaining married in mid-life has protective effects in the face of adverse experiences at work.”

See an abstract of the study from the Archives of Internal Medicine: