Revisiting the relationship between marriage and wellbeing : does marriage quality matter?

Chapman, BC and Guven, Cahit 2016, Revisiting the relationship between marriage and wellbeing : does marriage quality matter?, Journal of happiness studies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 533-551, doi: 10.1007/s10902-014-9607-3.

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Title Revisiting the relationship between marriage and wellbeing : does marriage quality matter?
Author(s) Chapman, BC
Guven, CahitORCID iD for Guven, Cahit
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 533
End page 551
Total pages 19
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1573-7780
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Marriage quality
Gender differences
Summary This paper revisits the marriage and wellbeing relationship using variables reflecting marriage quality and data from the US, the UK and Germany. People in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable and much less happy than unmarried people, even in the first year of marriages. However, people in self-assessed good marriages are even happier than the literature suggests. Women show greater range of responses to marriage quality than men. The effect of employment status and subjective health on happiness and the marriage effects on interpersonal trust and mental health change dramatically when marriage quality is controlled for. A strong link from happiness to marriage does not exist. However, happier people are more likely to stay single instead of being unhappily married, but less likely to stay single compared to being very happily married and happiness cannot predict staying single versus being pretty happily married.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-014-9607-3
Field of Research 140219 Welfare Economics
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 910209 Preference
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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