Lower Incomes Make Better Marriages

Researchers from Harvard and Boston’s McLean Hospital monitored the brain activity of 300 patients who struggled with depression. The results that came back showed antidepressants help some people, but it also revealed how financial security impacts ones overall mental health and love life.

The study published Tuesday in the journal Social Science Research is one of the first to inquire about whether emotional happiness in marriage is swayed by class.

People who were married and made under $60,000 were less depressed in their marriages. The findings help substantiate an idea called the marital resource model which believes that one of the health benefits of marriage includes pooling resources.

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