Many young couples fear the ravages of divorce and are afraid of getting married, a new study has suggested. The new research by demographers at Cornell University and the University of Central Oklahoma found that among cohabitating couples, more than two-thirds of the study's respondents admitted to concerns about dealing with the social, legal, emotional and economic consequences of a possible divorce. The study is co-authored by Sharon Sassler, Cornell professor of policy analysis and management, and Dela Kusi-Appouh, a Cornell doctoral student in the field of development sociology. Roughly 67 percent of the study's respondents shared their worries about divorce. Despite the concerns, middle-class subjects spoke more favourably about tying the knot and viewed cohabitation as a natural stepping stone to marriage compared to their working-class counterparts. Lower-income women, in particular, disproportionately expressed doubts about the "trap" of marriage, fearing that it could be hard to exit if things go wrong or it would lead to additional domestic responsibilities but few benefits. The study also found working-class cohabitating couples were more apt to view marriage as "just a piece of paper," nearly identical to their existing relationship. They were twice as likely to admit fears about being stuck in marriage with no way out once they were relying on their partners' share of income to get by. The authors hope that their findings could help premarital counselors to better tailor their lessons to assuage widespread fears of divorce and to target the specific needs of various socioeconomic classes. The study has been published in the journal Family Relations (December 2011).Source: ANI << 4-year Girl Walks Again With Prosthetic Limbs Pregnant Woman Fired from Job for Morning Sickness >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Infidelity Infidelity is no longer seen as a midlife crisis alone because younger people are beginning to cheat on their spouses READ MORE Depression Calculator A quick, simple and anonymous self-assessment health tool to assess the level of depression using the famous Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale. READ MORE Agoraphobia Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterised by the patient avoiding spaces, crowds, or situations READ MORE Anxiety Disorder Anxiety disorder involves excessive worry about actual circumstances, events or conflicts. Anyone can develop this disorder. Genes may play a role. READ MORE How to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce? Divorce or breakup can be stressful and cause anxiety, depression and panic. Simple ways can help you deal with depression triggered by loss of marriage. READ MORE Phobias A phobia is an irrational and exaggerated fear of an object or a situation that in reality, poses little or no actual danger. READ MORE Trypophobia Discover all about trypophobia-the strange condition that affects quite a lot of people in the world. READ MORE Xenophobia Xenophobia can be studied from two different perspectives. First as a medical condition ‘phobia’ second as a cultural and social malaise. Xenophobia can manifest itself in several ways in a country. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Color Blindness Calculator Noscaphene (Noscapine) More News on: Anxiety DisorderAgoraphobiaPhobiaPhobiasHow to Save your marriageXenophobiaDivorce: Pros and ConsTrypophobiaHow to Handle Depression and Stress while Going Through a Divorce?