Study: Marriage Reduces Depression In Couples Earning Less Than $60,000 Per Year

Marriage doesn’t make everyone happy, but it certainly does the trick for some people. Georgia State University researchers analyzed data from the Americans’ Changing Lives Survey, which gathered information from over 3,600 adults. They discovered that people who are married and earn less than $60,000 per year in total household income have fewer symptoms of depression than comparable earning unmarried people. However, for couples earning more, marriage doesn’t show the same mental health benefits. Study author Dr. Ben Kail explains, “For people who are earning above $60,000, they don’t get this bump because they already have enough resources. About 50 percent of the benefit these households earning less than $60,000 per year get from marriage is an increased sense of financial security and self-efficacy, which is probably from the pooling of resources.”