Thursday, February 08, 2007

Benefits of Healthy Marriages

The Healthy Marriage Initiative
Wade F. Horn, PhD., Assistant Secretary
For Children and Youth Researchers have found many benefits for children and youth who are raised by parents in
healthy marriages, compared to unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. More likely to attend college
0. More likely to succeed academically
0. Physically healthier
0. Emotionally healthier
0. Less likely to attempt or commit suicide
0. Demonstrate less behavioral problems in school
0. Less likely to be a victim of physical or sexual abuse
0. Less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol
0. Less likely to commit delinquent behaviors
0. Have a better relationship with their mothers and fathers
0. Decreases their chances of divorcing when they get married
0. Less likely to become pregnant as a teenager, or impregnate someone.
0. Less likely to be sexually active as teenagers
0. Less likely to contract STD's
0. Less likely to be raised in poverty

For Women
Researchers have found many benefits for women who are in healthy marriages, compared to
unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. More satisfying relationship
0. Emotionally healthier
0. Wealthier
0. Less likely to be victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other violent crimes
0. Less likely to attempt or commit suicide
0. Decrease risk of drug and alcohol abuse
0. Less likely to contract STD's
0. Less likely to remain or end up in poverty
0. Have better relationships with their children
0. Physically healthier

For Men
Researchers have found many benefits for men who are in healthy marriages, compared to
unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. Live longer
0. Physically healthier
0. Wealthier
0. Increase in the stability of employment
0. Higher wages
0. Emotionally healthier
0. Decrease risk of drug and alcohol abuse
0. Have better relationships with their children
0. More satisfying sexual relationship
0. Less likely to commit violent crimes
0. Less likely to contract STD's
0. Less likely to attempt or commit suicide

For Communities
Researchers have found many benefits for communities when they have a higher percentage of
couples in healthy marriages, compared to unhealthy marriages, including the following:
0. Higher rates of physically healthy citizens
0. Higher rates of emotionally healthy citizens
0. Higher rates of educated citizens
0. Lower domestic violence rates
0. Lower crime statistics
0. Lower teen age pregnancy rates
0. Lower rates of juvenile delinquency
0. Higher rates of home ownership
0. Lower rates of migration
0. Higher property values
0. Decreased need for social services

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