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Men may be more reluctant to marry, despite benefits they gain

Men may get the biggest benefits from marriage, but they are often the slowest to warm to the idea of matrimony.
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News Modified: May 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

Men may get the biggest benefits from marriage, but they are often the slowest to warm to the idea of matrimony, according to an article on the Family Studies blog.

"Both men and women benefit from marriage, but men seem to benefit more overall. In addition to being happier and healthier than bachelors, married men earn more money and live longer. And men can reap such benefits even from mediocre marriages, while for women, the benefits of marriage are more strongly linked to marital quality," writes Scott M. Stanley, senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies and research professor and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.

Interestingly, he notes, when surveyed, men are slightly more likely to endorse the idea of marriage than are women.

"I believe that men resist marriage more than women primarily because they believe marriage requires a substantial increase in their behavioral commitment — and they don’t always feel ready for that transition," he adds.

Kathleen Blanchard connected some of the research dots about marriage's health impacts on men for an article on "As early as 1858, William Farr, a British epidemiologist, identified the risk of dying among unmarried men. Farr studied records of medical statistics to find the link.

"Current studies support the role of marriage as a contributor to better health — but it’s also important to note that the relationship dynamic is what matters the most," she wrote. "Fun and friendship that comes from a happy relationship can undoubtedly promote a longer and healthier life. Men with lower stress hormones are healthier, live longer and they look better too …."

In Men's Health, Ann Maltby says marriage will not only improve a guy's health but increase his pay, keep him out of trouble and speed up his next promotion.

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