I saw this yesterday afternoon and it caught my eye:
That study that found men frequently leave their wives when they get sick was retracted/corrected.— Leah Libresco Sargeant (@LeahLibresco) January 6, 2024
Trouble was: People who left the study were actually miscoded as getting divorced.
It reminded me of #49 in my list of 52 things I learned in 2022: If a married woman is diagnosed with a brain tumor, there is a 21% chance that the couple will divorce; if the husband has a tumor, there is only a 3% chance they will divorce, which I found via Rob Henderson.
Based on some googling, I don't think this is the exact same study, but in the spirit of intellectual honesty, I figured I should post it.
There is some nuance, but the general relationship between illness and husbands divorcing their wives no longer holds.
Congratulations to I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown, who found the error, and Amelia Karraker who handled the correction with dignity.