New Study Discovers Getting Married is Good For You

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Getting married is good for you says an international New Zealand study. The survey covered a sample of 34,500 people in fifteen countries, "said Kate Scott, a psychologist at the New Zealand University of Otago.”What our work showed is that the marital relationship provides many benefits to both mental health among men than women, and the pain and disruption at the end of a union, make people more vulnerable to mental disorders, "she said.

The study demonstrated that being separated, divorced, or widowed increases the risk of mental health issues such as depression in men and the abuse of alcohol and drugs among women. "Marriage is beneficial to both men and women in terms of mental health, so we thought until now that the union was more beneficial in this area for men than women," she added.

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The survey did show that men were less at risk of depression during their first marriage than women. Researches feel that this is due to the fact that women are more likely to be “molded” in a traditional role of wife at first marriage.
The other gender difference the study found was that getting married reduced risk of substance use disorders more for women than for men.

Dr Scott said this could be explained by the fact that women are usually the primary caregiver for young children. A number of international studies have shown that women's consumption of alcohol dropped sharply when they become pregnant, and this restraint often continued into early childcare.

"What our study points to is that the marital relationship offers a lot of mental health benefits for both men and women, and that the distress and disruption associated with ending marriage can make people vulnerable to developing mental disorders," Said Scott.

Scott concluded, “We found that compared to never getting married, getting married is good for both men and women in terms of most mental health disorders."

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