Table 2

 Characteristics of marriage and divorce, by occupation. Values are percentages (95% confidence intervals) unless stated otherwise

CharacteristicsPhysicians (n=48 881)Dentists (n=10 086)Pharmacists (n=13 883)Nurses (n=159 044)Healthcare executives (n=18 920)Lawyers (n=59 284)Other occupations (n=6 339 610)
Divorce:
 Divorced at time of survey7.7 (7.5 to 8.0)8.0 (7.4 to 8.5)8.8 (8.3 to 9.2)17.8 (17.6 to 18.0)12.7 (12.3 to 13.2)10.7 (10.5 to 11.0)17.2 (17.2 to 17.2)
 P value0.69<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
 Ever divorced22.1 (21.8 to 22.5)22.9 (22.1 to 23.7)21.5 (20.8 to 22.2)37.0 (36.8 to 37.3)31.3 (30.7 to 32.0)27.7 (27.3 to 28.0)36.6 (36.5 to 36.7)
 P value0.200.22<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
 Divorced in past year1.01 (0.92 to 1.10)0.87 (0.69 to 1.05)1.09 (0.91 to 1.26)1.64 (1.57 to 1.70)1.15 (1.00 to 1.30)1.29 (1.20 to 1.38)1.74 (1.73 to 1.75)
 P value0.030.59<0.0010.060.002<0.001
Marriage:
 Married once83.8 (83.5 to 84.1)83.1 (82.4 to 83.9)85.5 (84.9 to 86.0)75.7 (75.5 to 75.9)78.3 (77.8 to 78.9)80.5 (80.1 to 80.8)75.9 (75.8 to 75.9)
 P value0.09<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
 Married twice13.9 (13.5 to 14.2)14.1 (13.4 to 14.8)12.6 (12.0 to 13.1)19.5 (19.3 to 19.7)18.2 (17.6 to 18.7)16.4 (16.1 to 16.7)19.4 (19.4 to 19.5)
 P value0.700.001<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
Married >3 times2.4 (2.2 to 2.5)2.8 (2.5 to 3.1)2.0 (1.7 to 2.2)4.8 (4.7 to 4.9)3.5 (3.2 to 3.8)3.2 (3.0 to 3.3)4.7 (4.7 to 4.7)
 P value0.0020.004<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001

P values are based on comparison with physicians.

Sample in table is those that were ever married. Divorce prevalence for a given occupation is reflected by percentage of people within an occupation who reported having ever been divorced at time of survey. Annual divorce incidence for a given occupation, or divorce rate, is reflected by percentage of people within an occupation who divorced in year previous to survey.