The UK Daily Mail reports. (H/T Dina)
The study of more than 6,000 women looked at the risks and benefits of marriage.
It found women who cohabited with their partners rather than being married to them were also more likely to suffer domestic abuse and/or abuse drugs. The less time they had lived together, the higher their risk.
Research leader Dr. Marcelo Urquia, from the University of Toronto, said: ‘We did not see that pattern among married women, who experienced less psychosocial problems, regardless of the length of time they lived together with their spouses.’
The study found that 10.6 per cent of married women suffering from post-natal depression.
The figure rose to 20 per cent for women cohabiting in ‘common-law’ relationships and 35 per cent for single women.
Most dramatically, it rose to 67 per cent for women who were separated or divorced in the year prior to the birth of a child.
[...]The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, coincides with the latest [UK] Census figures unveiled this week which revealed married couple households are in the minority for the first time.
While the number of married people stays constant at 21.2 million, the number of single adults households has rises by three million compared with 2001.
The census report said there were just under 2.3 million cohabiting couples last year, compared to 2.06 million in 2001.
Cohabitees now make up 10 per cent of all households, while married couples lead 33 per cent of households.
Lone parent households make up another 10 per cent, and 30 per cent of homes have just one individual.
The troubling thing to me is that people aren’t serious about doing what it takes to prepare for marriage, and then choosing the right person for the job. Everyone knows that marriage is better for you financially, emotionally, and for your health, but somehow, people treat it as a casino game. We don’t know how to prepare for marriage with practices that work, like chastity, courting and church attendance. Bad outcomes like cohabitation, divorce and single motherhood don’t just happen by accident. People choose wrong approaches because they don’t want to do things the right way.