Do Pre-Wedding Jitters Foretell Divorce?

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Everyone says getting a case of cold feet pre-wedding is totally normal, but is it really? Researchers at UCLA recently found that being nervous about marriage can be a harbinger of hard times to come. In a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, psychologists followed 232 newlywed couples in Los Angeles and interviewed them a few months after marriage, then every six months for four years. What they found was startling. Not only did couples who entered marriage with doubts have trouble down the road, but also, when the doubts came from the women in the relationships, it led to higher divorce rates and more dissatisfaction in the future. Justin Lavner, a UCLA doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study, said, "We found [cold feet were] common but not benign. Newlywed wives who had doubts about getting married before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts.