Is Marriage Good For Your Health

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Is Marriage Good for Your Health?

Published: April 12, 2010 By: Tara Parker-Pope

Source: NY Times Magazine

In 1858 a British epidemiologist by the name of William Farr set out to study the relative mortality rates among the married and unmarried. Farr was among the first to suggest that there is a health advantage to marriage.  And while times have changed, and created more categories to consider, such as couples living together, gay couples, and couples who have gotten divorced… Farr’s research has stood the test of time.

William Farr 1870

Scientists continue to document the “marriage advantage”: the fact that married people, on average, appear to be healthier and live longer.

Such research has stimulated both politics and policy, fueling national marriage-promoting effort. In fact, Power of Two’s own birth was the result of the Healthy Marriage Initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

And that’s where we come in. Several new studies have shown that the “marital advantage” doesn’t extend to those in troubled relationships. And thus… we do what we do. At the Power of Two, we are taking on the world one couple at a time. It is our mission to equip couples with the skills to make their marriages not only endue, but flourish!

The mere fact of being married isn’t enough to protect your health. Even the Healthy Marriage Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, differentiates amongst health and unhealthy relationships when discussing the benefits of marriage.

Some of Todays most interesting research on the link between marriage health is being performed by a University of Utah psychologist, professor Timothy W. Smith, and a pair of Ohio state University researchers, Ronald Glaser and Jan Kiecolt-Glaser — Yes! They’re Married.

Their research continues to link healthy relationships to physical health benefits. Interested to know how? Read the entire NY Times article here.

Posted By: Katie Stokes

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