Marriage vs Cohabitation

Cohabitating couples happier, have better self-esteem than married counterparts

A new study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family reveals that married couples experience few advantages for psychological well-being, health, or social ties compared to unmarried couples who live together. While both marriage and cohabitation provide benefits over being single, these reduce over time following a honeymoon period.

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Previous research has sought to prove a link between marriage and well-being, but many studies compared marriage to being single, or compared marriages and cohabitations at a single point in time.

This study compares marriage to cohabitation while using a fixed-effects approach that focuses on what changes when single men and women move into marriage or cohabitation and the extent to which any effects of marriage and cohabitation persist over time.

Dr Musick drew a study sample from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) of 2,737 single men and women, 896 of whom married or moved in with a partner over the course of 6 years. The study focused on key areas of well-being, considering questions on happiness, levels of depression, health, and social ties.

The results showed a spike in well-being immediately following both marriage and cohabitation as couples experienced a honeymoon period with higher levels of happiness and fewer depressive symptoms compared to singles. However, these advantages were short lived.

Marriage and cohabitation both resulted in less contact with parents and friends compared to remaining single – and these effects appeared to persist over time.

“We found that differences between marriage and cohabitation tend to be small and dissipate after a honeymoon period. Also while married couples experienced health gains – likely linked to the formal benefits of marriage such as shared healthcare plans – cohabiting couples experienced greater gains in happiness and self-esteem. For some, cohabitation may come with fewer unwanted obligations than marriage and allow for more flexibility, autonomy, and personal growth” said Musick.

“Compared to most industrial countries America continues to value marriage above other family forms,” concluded Musick. “However our research shows that marriage is by no means unique in promoting well-being and that other forms of romantic relationships can provide many of the same benefits.”


Al-Qaeda is Coming to our County — Maybe

I found this, from the Salida paper, amusing:

Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker said Federal Bureau of Investigation authorities have alerted him to the possibility al-Qaeda representatives may be watching his county.

At an annual conference of sheriffs in either 2003 or 2004 in Denver, Beicker said he was “singled out” by an agent from the FBI because of inmates housed in the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence who were involved in masterminding the attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

Beicker said the agent told him, “If you don’t think al-Qaeda has looked at your website and your county, you are wrong.”

Bureau officials were addressing issues related to homeland security at the conference, Beicker said.

Al-Qaeda representatives may have looked at Fremont County because they have “access to the World Wide Web,” he added.

The sheriff said he has spoken at length with a number of Fremont and Chaffee County residents who are worried about al-Qaeda potentially planning an attack during the “Over the River” art exhibit planned for August 2014.

Beicker said what he has said during these conversations has been “taken out of context or misunderstood.

“I am not going to lie to you. We have talked about things,” Beicker said.

He said during the conversations he clarified he does “not have any reason to believe there is some terrorist plan for ‘Over the River.'” He added, “You cannot ignore possibilities in a world like ours.

“I am not sounding that alarm. I am merely saying it would be naïve and short-sighted if I did not consider it.”

Dougherty Gang Update

The details of this story just keep popping up from various sources. Most of this was from the Westcliffe newspaper.

The camping stuff they bought at the Colorado Springs REI was put to use in the San Isabel National Forest at a campground at the St. Charles trailhead. They had stopped in Canon City on the way to buy some ammo but the store didn’t have what they wanted.

I am sure they took CO67 from Canon south through Wetmore then turned on CO165 up Hardscrabble Pass. This is not an unused road so, with so many people watching for their vehicle, it wasn’t surprising they were spotted. It is largely used for recreation with a castle (tours), lake (fishing), and National Forest (camping, hiking, etc.).

By the time the cops got there that morning, they were gone. To get to the Interstate, they went through Colorado City and probably got on at the north interchange. And were spotted shortly afterward.

This increases the notoriety CO165 already had from a headless body being found at a campground along that road a few years ago! Plus a shooting at a wedding being held at the castle!

The Dougherty Gang

What a story! Three kids trying to be, as a friend of mine said, Bonnies and Clydes! In a stolen Subaru Impreza! Bad ass! These kids were from Florida and robbed a bank in Georgia.

They are all in custody in Colorado in spite of their efforts to provoke the arresting officers into shooting them. I am impressed by the restraint shown by Colorado law enforcement. From several agencies.

I cannot beat the write up in the Denver Post with neat pictures!

Nothing like this ever happened to me on my trips to Texas! 😉

Sturgis Bikers

There are a lot of bikers headed to the 71st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally passing through the area. I went to Westcliffe today and saw several. CO69 is a great highway for two wheelers: scenic, less traffic, and no hassles. This is not the most direct or fastest route but if they — or anyone — has the time, a route I highly recommend.

Eventually they will all end up going through Cheyenne, WY.