Cohabitating couples are happier than wedded ones.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Unmarried couples (Social aspects)
Unmarried couples (Psychological aspects)
Unmarried couples (Health aspects)
Married people (Social aspects)
Married people (Psychological aspects)
Married people (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 40 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 294821772
Full Text: Kelly Musick, associate professor of policy analysis and management, found that wedded couples experience few advantages in psychological well-being, health, or social ties compared to cohabitating couples. The study, published in the Journal ofMarriage and Family, reported a spike in well-being immediately following both marriage and cohabitation, though those benefits are fleeting. "While married couples experienced health gains--likely linked to the formal benefits of marriage such as shared health care plans--cohabitating couples experienced greater gains in happiness and self-esteem," Musick said. "For some, cohabitation may come with fewer unwanted obligations than marriage and allow for more flexibility, autonomy, and personal growth."

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