High Divorce Rate Among Conservative Protestants

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_e70eb2b756.jpgsvengine/Thinkstock (AUSTIN, Texas) -- Divorce rates are quite high in regions where there are a lot of conservative Protestants, a new report claims. University of Texas at Austin researcher Jennifer Glass and her colleagues discovered that marriages in religiously conservative "red" states tend to break up more often than other parts of the country because people generally marry earlier and don't put off having kids.

Furthermore, the decision to wed young also hampers earning power because people will halt their education, another factor contributing to divorce.

The problem is self-perpetuating since young people in these regions feel that if they don't pair off soon, "The best catches...are going to go first," according to Glass.

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