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Marriage Benefits Pregnant Women’s Health More Than Cohabitation, Suggests Study EDIT

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Marriage Benefits Pregnant Women’s Health More Than Cohabitation, Suggests Study

Although it sounds kind of like a cautionary tale that a 1950s mom would tell her daughters ("If you get 'in trouble,' you better get married, or else you will exploooooooode!"), a new study in The American Journal of Public Health has determined that there needs to be more research into the health detriments and benefits of marriage vs. cohabitation when it comes to pregnant women and their partners.

The study examined three groups of over 6,000 women: cohabiting women, both married and nonmarried women living with a partner, and noncohabiters were single, divorced, or separated women and further categorized by duration of cohabitation. They were asked about three main psychosocial conditions: self-reported intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and postpartum depression among childbearing women. 20% of the cohabitating but unmarried women reported at least one of the three conditions; the figure rises to 35% in unmarried single mothers and 67% in women who had gotten divorced or separated the year before the child was born.

The odds of intimate partner violence, substance use, and postpartum depression were higher in unmarried women cohabiting for ≤2 years, versus married women living with a partner >5 years.

Marcelo Urquia, the lead researcher of the Canadian epidemiological study, said that there's not enough information yet to draw any firm conclusion on the benefit of marriage on maternal and child health, but it's worth looking into further.

'Do pregnant women benefit from marriage over cohabitation?' [Modern Medicine]

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Do pregnant women benefit from marriage over cohabitation?

A cross-sectional nationwide Canadian epidemiological study suggests that marriage rather than cohabitation may have psychosocial benefits for pregnant women. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the results point to a need for research on maternal and child health that distinguishes between married and unmarried cohabiting women.

The researchers analyzed data from the 2006-207 Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey, a sample of 6,421 childbearing women. Cohabiting women were married or nonmarried women living with a partner. Noncohabiters were single, divorced, or separated women and further categorized by duration of cohabitation (≤2, 3-5, or >5 years).

The objective was to examine the joint associations of marital status and cohabitation on self-reported intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and postpartum depression among childbearing women. Adjusted odds ratios (OR) and confidence intervals (CI) were generated using logistic regression.

Odds of intimate partner violence, substance use, and postpartum depression were higher in unmarried women cohabiting for ≤2 years, versus married women living with a partner >5 years (adjusted OR [AOR] 4.64. 95% CI 2.85, 7.56; AOR 5.36, CI 3.06, 9.39; and AOR 1.87, 95% CI 1.25, 2.80, respectively). As duration of cohabitation increased, all of the risk estimates declined.

According to lead investigator Marcelo Urquia, 20% of women who were cohabitating but not married suffered from at least one of the three psychosocial conditions, and the figure rose to 35% for single women who had never married and 67% for those who separated or divorced in the year before birth. It was unclear, however, whether problems such as partner or substance abuse were the cause or result of separations.


by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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IandLoveandYou
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

Well that's not very fair.. anyone who posts a comment that does not agree with the OP is automically pinned as bitter or assumed unmarried? Or that unmarried women are bitter?

Either way.. not very nice or fair. Sounds full of contempt to me.. contempt which is closely related to bitter :-/.

Peanutx3
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM
1 mom liked this

Sigh

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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So how do you know this about unmarried people (women) in general? Why do you feel you can speak for the whole, but others can't?

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting nickysmom71:

Look, I agree with you on most things, but honestly, as you know, not every couple is the same.  People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.

While it is ideal to be married and have two parents when having kids....the world has changed drastically and it's not going to be the same anymore on what is the "norm."

 

How do you know this, though?  Maybe this is true for your friends, but you cannot say this about people in general.

People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.

 

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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 As duration of cohabitation increased, all of the risk estimates declined.

 

 

There is a difference between less than 2 years and more than 5 years...

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

 And what do you base this on?

Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

 

emeraldangel2.0
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

i am married and i disagree

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LindaClement
by Linda on Jan. 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Perhaps 'such problems' are the cause of the cohabitation... 

:D

LindaClement
by Linda on Jan. 3, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I agree: bitterness and contempt are one.

Quoting IandLoveandYou:


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

Well that's not very fair.. anyone who posts a comment that does not agree with the OP is automically pinned as bitter or assumed unmarried? Or that unmarried women are bitter?

Either way.. not very nice or fair. Sounds full of contempt to me.. contempt which is closely related to bitter :-/.


TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM

NOOOOO!

Really?????

Lol

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jan. 4, 2013 at 1:03 AM

 This is why I believe the study is flawed.

It was unclear, however, whether problems such as partner or substance abuse were the cause or result of separations. 

 

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