Teleios recently performed a review of medical literature evaluating traditional legal, heterosexual marriage and its impact on wellbeing compared to other heterosexual relationships or being single (internal data).
We reviewed articles in peer-reviewed medical literature exploring the benefits of legally binding, heterosexual marriage. We included articles evaluating heterosexual marriages that were prospective, included at least 94 subjects, performed in the last 25 years, and had at least one heterosexual couple or an unmarried control group.
We used the following search terms:
Marriage, Longevity, Divorce, Children, Finances, Happiness, Money Philanthropy Sex, Satisfaction, Stress Benefits, Health, Wellbeing Christian, Traditional
This study included 42 articles meeting the inclusion criteria.
This study showed a strong benefit of traditional marriage on general wellbeing and specific wellbeing related measures including physical and mental health, sexual satisfaction, family income, and the happiness of children.
Traditional marriage improves
There appeared to be a progressive trend of enhanced wellbeing the stronger the relationship commitment versus an unmarried status.
Legally married couples had the highest wellbeing of all relationships.
Some evidence in diseased and depressed individuals showed that the better quality the marriage relationship the better the wellbeing related outcomes.
Even individuals in an unmarried, non-cohabitating relationship generally had improved wellbeing compared to those uncommitted to another person.
In contrast, those who were never married, widowed and divorced generally suffered the lowest wellbeing.
This research shows that traditional marriage generally provides numerous benefits to the relationship partners through enhanced measures of mental and physical wellbeing and benefits to their children compared to other heterosexual partnership arrangements or single status.
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