US marital rate is still higher than other Western nations Marital rate is

Us marital rate is still higher than other western

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US marital rate is still higher than other Western nations
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Marital rate is lower than it used to be 92% of women in 1960, 83% of men in 2012 Men are even less likely to be married, or marry later Change coincides with a change in belief about the value of marriage for a society 2012: Only 46% argue that we are better off with marriage and children How many never marry? Today: 1 in 4 may never marry Prediction based on trends Larger portion than in the past Demographic Trends in Marriage Race 25+, never married in 1960 vs. 2012 Black adults: 9% to 36% - lowest likelihood of marriage White adults: 8% to 16% Hispanic adults: 12% to 26% Asian adults: 13% to 19% The difference narrows as time goes on Black Americans delay marriage Reasons: Disproportionately affected by socioeconomic circumstances Education General trend: With education, less likely to be married by 25 As compared to the past Especially for women With greater education, women have less of an economic dependence on men/marriage People with higher education are now more likely to get married and stay married The Case for Marriage (Waite and Gallagher, 2000) Argued that marriage changes not only the couple’s relationship to one another, but also to the outside world Change the way we are treated by the government, businesses, and religious communities Examples: Power of attorney, inheritance, taxes, medical benefits, paid leave to take care of family Benefits of marriage Promise of permanence Allows for all other benefits Specialization “You cook, I’ll clean” Joint resources Two together cost less than two apart Someone to take care of you/social support Improves mental and physical health “Reforming the men” -> less risk taking “Improving the woman’s finances”
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Health benefits Spend less time in hospital Someone to take care of you at home Pay less in hospital bills Less time = less money Less likely to suffer a heart attack Are less likely to get and die of cancer Get diagnosed earlier Someone else to notice abnormalities and insist that you go to the doctor Receive more treatment Present with less severe illnesses Someone to insist that you go to the doctor before you get seriously ill Meta-analysis on the benefits of health Study of studies Allows researchers to look at averages across studies Have a reputation of confirming data/phenomena with greater confidence No longer the gold standard it once was Research where there is no connection found is harder to publish, therefore is not considered in meta-analyses Being lean vs. being obese is recognized by society as a health risk Social relationships are about 2 or 3 times more influential on mortality rates than obesity Implication: We need to put lots of emphasis on social wellbeing (not just physical well being)
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