Does Marriage Matter for Health, or do Healthier People Marry?
September 25, 2018

In a fascinating study appearing in the June 2018 issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, two Ohio State University scholars aim to answer whether marriage improves people’s general physical and emotional health, or whether healthier people are simply more apt to marry in the first place. Social scientists have long held that marriage…

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Are Changes to Marriage Decreasing Its Benefits?
March 1, 2018

It’s hardly news that the institution of marriage has dramatically changed over the past few decades. In a 2004 article, sociologist Andrew Cherlin described society’s declining expectations about how we form, maintain, and exit marriage as its “deinstitutionalization.” In an era of deinstitutionalized marriage, then, individuals are liberated or burdened – depending on your perspective…

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Is Marriage Still Good for Your Health?
December 7, 2017

In a 2017 study published in the prestigious journal Social Forces, sociologist Matthijs Kalmijn makes a valuable contribution to research probing the health effects associated with marriage. His study, “The Ambiguous Link between Marriage and Health: A Dynamic Reanalysis of Loss and Gain Effects,” is a solid study with an unusual approach to the topic….

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