Married People Are Healthier, More Financially Stable (10/02, 12/04, 9/05)

A U.S. gov’t study concludes it's healthy to be married; overall, married people are sick less often and more active. They smoke and drink less and in general feel better than single, divorced, never married or even folks just living together. Among adults 18+, 11.9 percent said they were in fair or poor health, the study found. By comparison, some 10.5 percent of married people reported being in poor or fair health, while all other groups were higher. At 19.6 percent, widows and widowers were the most likely to be in these less healthy categories. The report was based on a survey of 127,545 people in 1999-2002 conducted by the center. The study found that married people said they had less low back pain, fewer headaches and less psychological stress. Some 4.7% of adults reported they had become heavier drinkers than previously, with the lowest rate among marrieds [3.7%]. Again, those living with an unmarried partner – most drinking, 8.2%, followed by the divorced and separated, 6.4%. Overall the study found that 58.2% of adults are married, 10.4% are separated or divorced, 6.6 percent are widowed, 19% are never married and 5.7% are living with a partner. [National Center for Health Statistics statistician Charlotte Schoenborn AP; ctv.ca, 16Dec04]   Men and Women Get Mental Boost from Marriage LONDON (Reuters) – Women, as well as men, benefit from marriage and get a mental health boost from being a couple, study findings suggest. Research from Australia, which showed that about 13% of married men and women suffer from stress contradicts the findings of a 1972 study by sociologist Jessie Bernard. Bernard's...