Dr Jessica Leong Singapore surveyed 134 divorcees, consisting of 45 men and 89 women, in 2011 for her PhD research. The marriage counsellor has counselled couples in difficult marriages for almost 2 decades.
Findings of Jessica Leong Singapore- Reasons for Divorce
Jessica Leong Singapore found that 25% of the respondents cited adultery as the main reason behind their divorce. This also applies to Muslim divorces.
However, when they filed for divorce:
- About 50% cited unreasonable behaviour;
- 45% cited separation;
- 2% cited desertion; and
- The rest cited adultery.
This may be because it is expensive to prove adultery. For instance, a private investigator will usually be engaged for surveillance and the investigator may be required to appear in Court.
Findings of Jessica Leong Singapore- Factors contributing to Marital Instability
For the men, nearly 50% said nagging by their partner contributed to their marital instability. On the other hand, only 27% of women said so.
56% of men quoted “loss of love” as a factor while only 38% of women said so.
Dr Jessica Leong Singapore opined that it may be helpful for more public education in marital communication in pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions when people start dating.
In addition, Dr Jessica Leong Singapore also found that many people are still hurt more than 6 months after the divorce, with some losing sleep. Having a support network can help one to adjust to life after divorce.
See: Priscilla Goy, “Why couples here go for divorce” and “Stories differ inside and outside Court”, The Straits Times, 23 November 2015
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