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Marriage Reduces Depression in Couples Earning Less Than $60,000

People who are married and earning less than $60,000 per year in total household income have fewer symptoms of depression than comparable earning unmarried people, but for couples earning more, marriage doesn’t show the same mental health benefits, according to a study co-authored by a Georgia State University researcher.

According to this study, people who have never been married and earn more than $60,000 a year have fewer symptoms of depression than comparable earning married people.

The study examined data from the Americans’ Changing Lives Survey, a national study consisting of interviews with 3,617 adults in the United States aged 24 to 89 at specific intervals over many years. The survey covers a wide range of sociological, psychological, mental and physical health items.

The researchers analyzed responses from never married, married, and newly married adults. The findings are published in the journal Social Science Research. Dr. Ben Lennox Kail, co-author of the study and assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State, explained:

This study, among only a few to investigate whether psychological well-being in marriage varies by socioeconomic status, supports a theory called the marital resource model, which suggests the health benefits of marriage include the pooling of resources, such as finances and social support.

Provided by: Georgia State University [Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.]

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