The significance of nonmarital cohabitation: marital status and mental health benefits among middle-aged and older adults.

@article{Brown2005TheSO,
  title={The significance of nonmarital cohabitation: marital status and mental health benefits among middle-aged and older adults.},
  author={Susan L. Brown and Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda and Gary R. Lee},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={60 1},
  pages={S21-9}
}
OBJECTIVES According to the 2000 Census, about 1.2 million persons over age 50 are currently cohabiting. Do these unmarried cohabiting partnerships provide adults with mental health benefits that are similar to those enjoyed by marrieds? We extended prior work on marital status and depression by including cohabitation in our conceptualization of marital status. METHODS We used data from the 1998 Health and Retirement Study (N = 18,598) to examine the relationship between marital status and… CONTINUE READING
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