This report was published to coincide with National Marriage Week which takes place from February 7-14.
National Marriage Week is a collaborative effort to encourage many diverse groups to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.
The report on Why Marriage Matters presents the case that marriage makes a profound positive difference, and lists 30 benefits for marriage across the following five important areas:
- Physical Health & Longevity
- Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
- Crime and Domestic Violence.
Among the findings published in the report are the following:
- Married men earn more money than do single men with similar education and job histories
- Marriage is associated with better health and lower rates of injury, illness, and disability for both men and women
- Married women appear to have a lower risk of experiencing domestic violence than do cohabiting or dating women.
- Parental divorce reduces the likelihood that children will graduate from college and achieve high-status job
- Married couples seem to build more wealth on average than singles or cohabiting couples.
The findings from FamilyScholars.org are adapted from Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences, 3rd edition, a publication of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.
Read all thirty by downloading the full report at this link.