Gold Coast, Australia (PRWEB) August 11, 2008
Industry insiders refer to the new survey as "The most important new initiative since IMBRA" (the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005), which was passed by both houses of Congress in December 2005 and signed into law by President George W. Bush in January 2006.
The survey targets couples that met through international matchmaking organizations (also called "marriage brokers"), both males and females, and is designed to answer questions in regard to the length and divorce rate of such marriages, and the factors that contribute to stability of marriages or vice versa, increase in divorce rate.
Among possible reasons the survey addresses such factors as:
· Age difference between the partners
· Education and income levels
· Presence of children from former marriages and children born in the new marriage
· Age of the partners
· Duration of the courtship
· Participation of a marriage broker.
Elena's Models invited 168,000 of active and former members and Russian Brides Cyber Guide invited 37,000 subscribers to join the survey or forward the invitation to international couples they know. The survey creators hope to attract at least 5,000 participants, which would allow obtaining statistically valid results. The survey results will be independently validated and certified.
The survey design involved professional researchers from three universities - Georgia State University, Depaul and Notre Dame. It was also reviewed by several immigration attorneys.
The last research in the area of 'mail order marriages' was undertaken by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in early 1990th, with the figures showing that only 20% of such marriages were ending in divorce compared to over 50% divorce rate in local marriages, suggesting that international marriages were more stable.
However, this may no longer be the case. Questions about stability of international marriages entered via online dating sites or international matchmaking agencies are, surprisingly, difficult to answer in today's transparent world, as no scientific research has been implemented in this area for years.
Elena Petrova, the owner of the popular informational service Russian Brides Cyber Guide said, "There are many myths about international marriages, but no one knows what percentage of the marriages actually end in divorce and how many unions survive and thrive. This survey should put our minds at peace."
Once the final statistics are released, Elena's Models will publish the results of the survey on their website http://www.ElenasModels.com/press/gwsurvey.htm .
About Elena's Models:
Elena's Models is a dating agency providing introductions for western men seeking to meet single Russian and Eastern European women for serious relationships or marriage. The agency has full-time offices in Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria and counts more than 130,000 registered users from 176 countries. The online dating site started its operations in 1999, and is the only licensed introduction agency among large Russian dating agencies.
Elena Petrova is the owner of Elena's Models. She also provides free advice on dating Russian women and travel to Russia and Eastern Europe through her personal site Russian Brides Cyber Guide and authored several books about relationships and dating.