Cohabitating couples are happier than wedded ones.
|Article Type:||Brief article|
Unmarried couples (Psychological aspects)
Unmarried couples (Health aspects)
Married people (Social aspects)
Married people (Psychological aspects)
Married people (Health aspects)
|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|
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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