Here’s some good news about the benefits of marriage. New research finds that riding out health problems and economic downturns can be a lot easier if you’re married.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia studied the impact of health issues, such as coping with disability, on marriages. They analyzed data from Statistics Canada from 1999 and 2002.
They found that in marriages in which “main earners” financially support “second earners,” main earners are compensated during times of need, such as a serious illness, by being cared for. The second earners also smooth out financial problems that may arise, by earning enough to keep the household afloat.
The data suggests the longer the marriage, the more effectively this partnership works, the data suggests.