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HAPPILY MARRIED WOMEN

Health, happiness, and money are common benefits of marriage, a University of Chicago researcher found. Findings by Linda Waite, a professor of sociology, contradicted conventional wisdom that marriage is bad for women but good for men. Marriage brings benefits to both women and men by lengthening life, boosting physical and emotional health, and raising income over that enjoyed by people who are single, divorced, or living together, Waite said. She presented her findings at an annual Smart Marriages Conference in Washington. She said, "...The idea that marriage damages women's emotional well-being derives from the 1972 publication of The Future of Marriage (Yale) by sociologist Jessie Bernard, The New York Times reported. She reported that married men are better off than single men on four measures of psychological distress, but that married women score higher on these negative traits than single women. Bernard's findings were never replicated and were disputed, but entered the culture at large and helped spread the idea that "marriage is an oppressive institution for women," said William Doherty, a professor of psychology at the University Of Minnesota.
-Religion Today, email news service
 

Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 9/January 15, 2004
Page 6