Navigation Links
Living Together May Be Mentally Healthier Than Marriage: Study
Date:1/23/2012

MONDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage offers few well-being advantages compared to living together, a new study contends.

The study also found that the benefits of marriage diminish over time, while unmarried couples who live together experience greater happiness and self-esteem.

Researchers examined data from 2,737 single men and women who took part in the U.S. National Survey of Families and Households. Of those people, 896 married or moved in with a partner over a period of six years.

Both marriage and cohabitation led to short-term increases in levels of happiness and fewer depressive symptoms, compared to being single.

But people who were newly married or cohabitating had less contact with parents and friends than single people, and this effect continued over time, according to the study in the February issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.

"We found that differences between marriage and cohabitation tend to be small and dissipate after a honeymoon period. Also while married couples experienced health gains -- likely linked to the formal benefits of marriage such as shared health care plans -- cohabiting couples experienced greater gains in happiness and self-esteem," said study author Kelly Musick, an associate professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University's College of Human Ecology, in a journal news release. "For some, cohabitation may come with fewer unwanted obligations than marriage and allow for more flexibility, autonomy and personal growth."

"Compared to most industrial countries, America continues to value marriage above other family forms," she noted. "However, our research shows that marriage is by no means unique in promoting well-being and that other forms of romantic relationships can provide many of the same benefits."

More information

The U.S. Administration for Children and Families outlines the benefits of healthy marriages.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Marriage and Family, news release, Jan. 18, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Americans Living Longer, Report Finds
2. Nanometer-scale growth of cone cells tracked in living human eye
3. More Americans Living to 90, U.S. Census Finds
4. Adult living donor liver transplants safe, study finds
5. Rx for Heart Patients: Healthier Living, Medication
6. Fighting fire with fire: Vampire bacteria has potential as living antibiotic
7. Living with dementia and making decisions
8. Living donor liver transplantation improves survival over deceased donor transplants
9. Living in poor neighborhood a risk factor for out-of-hospital cardiac death
10. African-American men living in poor sunlight areas at risk for vitamin D deficiency
11. Mammograms on the rise for foreign-born women living in the US
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Living Together May Be Mentally Healthier Than Marriage: Study
(Date:6/24/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant ... of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and ... that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then ... will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... EB ... Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards ... in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its ... Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, ... less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, ... funding.  The Series-A funding is led by Innova ... Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, new financing ... instrumentation and the market release of its in-licensed ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their ... treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces ... fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps ... and chloride in balance. Increasing number of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), ... Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected ... CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: