In a recently published report, a diverse group of leading family scholars summarized 30 positive benefits that marriage offers vs. merely living together as a couple.

This report was published to coincide with National Marriage Week which takes place from February 7-14.

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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:

  1. Family
  2. Economy
  3. Physical Health & Longevity
  4. Mental Health and Emotional Well-being
  5. 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.

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The findings from  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.
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