Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Research Finds Marriage Works.For Women Too

Magazine article Work & Family Life

New Research Finds Marriage Works.For Women Too

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Researchers have challenged a widely publicized 28-year-old study that claims marriage is good for men but bad for women. Sociologist Linda J. Waite, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago, has reported that marriage is beneficial to both women and men because it lengthens life, improves physical and emotional health and raises income (over that of single or divorced people).

Dr. Waite based her findings on mortality reports and on data from a number of studies. One, by University of Michigan researchers, for example, found a sharp increase in "bad behaviors" (alcohol and illegal drug use) among 18- to 32-year-olds who stayed single and a sharp drop in these behaviors among those who married.

This doesn't mean that everyone is better off marriedor that being married is the only explanation for a woman's happiness. …

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