There have been many studies linking health and marriage. Here are just a few.
One found married people died of disease less frequently.
Another links the body’s ability to heal to couples arguing styies.
Another links marriage to weight gain.
And yet another links quality of marriage to heart disease.
There are a myriad studies on the connection between health and marriage.
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study examines the relationship between unmarried parents and the effects on the children: http://www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu/about.asp
“Marriage and Alcohol Use” examines the said topic: Miller-Tutzauer, C; K.E. Leonard, and M. Windle. “Marriage and Alcohol Use: A Longitudinal Study of “Maturing Out”. J Stud Alcohol., vol. 52, no. 5, September 1991, pp. 434-4
Numerous studies examine marriage and longevity:
– Zhang, Zhenmei and Mark D. Hayward. “Gender, the Marital Life Course, and Cardiovascular Health in Late Midlife.” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 68, no. 3, 2006, pp. 639-657.
– Kaplan, Robert M. and Richard G. Kronick. “Marital Status and Longevity in the United States Population.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 60, 2006; pp. 760-765.
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