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Discuss research into the factors associated with marriage including a consideration of cultural differences

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Discuss research into the factors associated with marriage including a consideration of cultural differences. Marriage can have both positive and negative effects on the involved couple. This can be both physical and mental with responses such as related illnesses to increased life expectancy. Research was done by Davis, which found psychological disorders occurring for the first time in people that were engaged to be married. The disorders, which were present, were anxiety and depression although they improved when the marriage took place or was cancelled. ...read more.

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Gove (1979) conducted research into married and single peoples mental health. He found that married people actually have a much lower rate of mental disorders than single people of the same age. Davis concluded that it is the actual decision to get married that causes the psychological disorders. The decision to get married is not in the least unique then, as many life decisions create stress e.g. deciding to have a career change, have children, move house. ...read more.

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He quoted that 'marriage is a healthy state' which was based on the 1851 mortality rates for single, married and widowed women. The effect was greater in men in which married ones live longer than single men and also benefit more from marriage than women. This could be because wives provide more emotional support for men, which is more than they would receive off others if they were single. Recent research by Cramer has supported this theory stating that married people are happier and physically/mentally better off. ...read more.

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