A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health is helping to dispel the myth that marriage is a healthier choice than divorce or cohabitation. The results were wide-ranging but demonstrate – among other things – that men who divorce in their 30s and never remarry enjoy better metabolic health over time than their still-married counterparts. Additionally, men and women who divorce and remarry are at no increased risk of developing certain health problems later in life.
The study was conducted by scientists at the UCL Institute of Education, London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Researchers relied on data compiled from the British National Child Development Study (NCDS), a groundbreaking project which tracks the health and socioeconomic development of 17,000 people born in Britain during one week in March 1958. The study assessed NCDS data from 1981, 1991, 2000 and 2002-2004 in an attempt to determine how partnership status over the course of a lifetime affects health.
In addition to the aforementioned findings, researchers were also able to conclude that never marrying negatively affected health by midlife for both genders, and that women who marry in their late 20s and early 30s enjoy the best health overall. Those with the poorest health prognosis are men and women who never marry or cohabitate. The researchers note; however, that cohabitating men and women in civil unions enjoyed a health outcome similar to those who are legally married.
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A divorce is emotionally draining and something which should never be entered into lightly. But when a marriage has become irretrievably broken, it is important that estranged spouses make decisions based on facts and not falsehoods. Fears about divorce leading to health problems are largely unfounded, the NCDS study shows.
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