- Changes in marital status are among the most important transitions in the social life of adults
- Indeed, widowhood and divorce are the two most stressful events in adulthood, and both events are more stressful than going to jail
- It is interesting that although people tend to think of marriage as a positive event, it ranked 7th place among the 50 stressful events
- It is clear, however, that marriage can also be extremely rewarding and can have positive effects on subjective well-being
- In large, representative samples, married respondents reliably report higher subjective well-being than do unmarried respondents
- Furthermore, the relation between marital status and subjective well-being is robust
- It is not limited to certain populations, and it does not disappear when a variety of other demographic characteristics are controlled.
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