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Does Marriage Have Positive Effects on the Psychological Well-Being of the Individual?

Walter R. Gove, Michael Hughes and Carolyn Briggs Style
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 24, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 122-131
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136639
Page Count: 10
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Does Marriage Have Positive Effects on the Psychological Well-Being of the Individual?
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Abstract

Although a large number of studies show a correlation between marital status and mental health, the relative magnitude of the relationship, as compared to the strength of the relationship of other variables related to mental health, is not known. In this empirical evaluation, it is shown that in the present data, marital status is the most powerful predictor of the mental health variables considered. Data are then used to show that it is the quality of a marriage and not marriage per se that links marriage to positive mental health. The paper concludes with a discussion of some of the psychological functions of marriage.

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