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:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset ... of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will ... services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented ... the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is ... events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... technology and advisory services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range ... and National Association for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ... products, announced today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. ... so you get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa Mohebi, the Los ... article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal section, featuring articles ... procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , Dr. Mohebi says ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/28/2017)... , Sept. 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, ... 2017 earnings conference call and webcast on Friday, November ... a.m. (EDT) and ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) ... discussing the company,s 2017 financial performance and guidance for ... opportunities, initiatives to enhance operational performance, and long-range financial ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017   Montrium , ... File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files ... , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected ... programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European ... platform to increase transparency to enable greater collaboration ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... DIEGO , Sept. 22, 2017 AVACEN ... medical device is now successfully helping those with the ... Fibromyalgia diagnosed Amanda in Essex, ... dressed and washing my hair, experiencing no sleep at ... in painful spasm… I cannot recommend [the AVACEN 100] ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: