The Effects of Marriage on Health:

06/19/2007

The Effects of Marriage on Health: A Synthesis of Recent Research Evidence

Prepared for:U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)Office of Human Services Policy (HSP) Contract Number 233-02-0086, T.O. 9

By: Robert G. Wood, Brian Goesling, and Sarah Avellar Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

June 19, 2007

This report was produced under the direction of Jennifer Burnszynski and Linda Mellgren, Project Officers, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy, Melissa Pardue, Deputy Assistant Secretary.

This report is available on the Internet at:http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/07/marriageonhealth/index.htm

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Contents

ASPE Research Brief  (in PDF format, 10 pages)

Chapters

  1. Introduction  (in PDF format, 7 pages)
  2. The Effects of Marriage on Health Behaviors  (in PDF format, 10 pages)
  3. The Effects of Marriage on Healthcare Access, Use, and Costs  (in PDF format, 7 pages)
  4. The Effects of Marriage on Mental Health  (in PDF format, 7 pages)
  5. The Effects of Marriage on Physical Health and Longevity  (in PDF format, 8 pages)
  6. The Intergenerational Health Effects of Marriage  (in PDF format, 7 pages)
  7. Summary and Future Directions  (in PDF format, 6 pages)

References  (in PDF format, 6 pages)

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