Married couples are healthier and live longer – and so do their children

Daily Mail (UK) 5th October 2007
Married couples live longer and enjoy better health, according to the Office for National Statistics. ONS figures found that widowed men and single mothers suffered the worst health, with the greatest number of acute and chronic conditions. The mortality rate for single men aged between 30 and 59 two and half times higher than those who are married. Wives with children are also the healthiest of their gender, a sharp contrast to single mothers who have a greater chance of developing a long-term ilness.The ONS analysis also indicates marriage can lead to better care for couples when they are older in comparison to their single or co-habiting peers. Well-being is less likely for those who are not married as the figures imply bad relationships and separations are linked to poor health. In particular, single, divorced and widowed older women have higher mortality rates than those who are married.The relationship between parents can also affect the health of their offspring. In addition, children whose parents live together but are not married are more likely to get poorer results at school, abandon education earlier and develop a serious illness.