Survey: Commitment key in managing marriage crises

SINGAPORE, (Xinhua) -- Nearly half of those surveyed in a recent marriage study in Singapore have considered divorce at some point, but a sense of commitment helped many of them get through the crises, a local television channel reported.

   Over 450 married individuals were surveyed in the study commissioned by Marriage Central, a workgroup under the National Family Council, to identify the stress factors and the resilience factors, Channel NewsAsia said.
   The study, conducted between February and May last year, showed  common stress points in a marriage included, infidelity, interference by in-laws and differences in aspirations.
   The resilience factors include, a sense of commitment to marriage,  influence of family, friends and religious advisers, and concern over the negative impact of a divorce on their children. Professional counseling was also found to be useful.
   "I think what came through very, very clearly, was the idea of commitment, that no matter how things are, if you decide to stick it through, there's more than a fighting chance," said Anita Fam, chairperson of Marriage Central.
   "It shows that there are different agents which are acting in that process -- family, the community, broader messages around and notions of commitment are all there, and I think these things help to keep couples wanting to walk through their relationship rather than giving up," said Mathew Mathews, the principal investigator and a research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies.
   Marriage Central said the findings indicate that there is hope for troubled marriages. The workgroup intends to share the findings with voluntary welfare organizations and other stakeholders so that they may develop more resources and programs for building resilient marriages.