Friday, October 13, 2017

Feminism wins

The percentages of people, by sex and marital status, who report having experienced poor mental health--defined as "stress, depression, and problems with emotions"--in the month prior to being surveyed. To avoid racial confounding, only non-Hispanic whites are considered. All responses are from 2002 onward (N = 6,521):

Eat, anxiety meds, pray, anxiety meds, love.

GSS variables used: MNTLHLTH(0), MARITAL(1)(3,5), SEX, RACECEN1(1), HISPANIC(1)


Anonymous said...

Hard to make much out of this. Sure we know being in a relationship (Bar a dysfunctional one, maybe even a dysfunctional one) will provide intimacy for people and marriage provides security, but are they matched for age?

Aren't all unmarried women younger than all married women? And aren't younger women more prone to poor mental health anyway?

Audacious Epigone said...


Married women report better mental health at every age. The marriage gap (13 points overall) for women is similar for those under 40 (15 points) as it is for those over 40 (9 points)--if anything it looks like marriage is more strongly associated with good mental health pre-menopause than it is post-menopause.

Andrew Smith said...

Are the "Unmarried Women" never married? Or did they include divorced women?

Audacious Epigone said...


Combined. Separated and widowed are not included. Surprisingly (or not!), "never married" have modestly worse mental health than "divorced".

Anonymous said...

Correlation is not causation. I vehemently disagree with your theory that marriage and motherhood increases a woman's mental health, and decreases any mental illnesses she may have.

Marriage and parenthood won't do shit to a person with sociopathy, bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia. In fact, the only thing that comes out of mentally ill people marrying and having kids is MORE mentally ill people.

If everything you wanted happened we would see an exponential rise in the number of people who are living with neuroatypicality.

Rather, society should do everything it can to encourage neuroatypicals to stay away from marriage and procreation. Provide birth control, vasectomy, and tubal ligation in every locale. Offer people diagnosed with neuroatypicality generous cash gifts for voluntary sterilization.

Marlborough_County said...

To use Charles Murray's parlance people in Belmont get married, people in Fishtown do not. Look at the CLASS variable. Big difference. Isn't marriage just a proxy for class here?