Benefits of Relationships

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  • Benefits of relationships on psychological wellbeing
    • There is a link between Happiness and marriage
      • Bradburn found that 35% of married people were happier compared to those who had never married (18%) and those separated, divorced and widowed were less happy (7%)
      • Wilson and Oswald suggested a number of reasons why marriage may be linked to happiness
        • Financial gain
        • Emotional support
      • Are people happy  because they're married or do they marry because they're happy?
    • The majority of research has been carried out in western societies
      • May not apply to non-western
        • Tend to have more social support
        • Permanent relationships
    • Kamark et al (1990) assessed physiological response to stressful tasks
      • Those completing the task with a fried showed lower physical responses
        • A relationship must be good in order to have a buffering effect
    • People who are divorced are more likely to suffer from mental illness or commit suicide (Argyle, 1985)
      • Backed up by statistics by Cochrane (1988) who looked at mental health admission and marital status
        • Single - 0.77%
        • Married - 0.26%
        • Widowed - 0.98%
        • Direction of effect is again difficult to establish
    • Breakdown has a negative effect on relationships
      • Veroff et al (1981) found married men (35%) and women (41%) whereas divorced women (15.5%) were most unhappy and single and divorced men (18.5%)
      • Harding (1985) found women with children reported negative feelings such as boredom and loneliness
    • Newcomb (1987) conducted a review and found that there was almost nothing published on relationships and cohabitation
      • It is argued it is more important to make a distinction between these two relationship types
        • Any differences are currently unknown
  • Wilson and Oswald suggested a number of reasons why marriage may be linked to happiness
    • Financial gain
    • Emotional support

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