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A large of studies show that married people enjoy better health than unmarried people, such as lower rates of depression and cardiovascular conditionsas well as longer lives. However, these findings have been developed primarily based on data of heterosexual populations and different-sex marriages. Only more recently have a few studies looked into gay and lesbian populations and same-sex marriages to test if marriage is related to better health in Michigan bisexual personals populations — and the evidence is mixed.
Our studypublished online on Sept. We discovered that bisexual adults do not experience better health when married. Using representative data from the to National Health Interview Surveywe compared reports of self-rated health and functional limitation — difficulty doing activities without assistance or special equipment — across 1, bisexual adults, 2, gay and lesbian adults andheterosexual adults. Both heterosexual and gay and lesbian individuals are better off in terms of health when they are married than when unmarried. Why does this happen? There are two popular explanations.
The marriage protection argument posits that marriage increases economic security and social support and encourages healthier lifestyles — for example, less smoking and drinking. The marriage selection argument suggests that people with more education, income and other health-favorable characteristics are more likely to get married and stay in marriage.
However, unlike heterosexual and gay or lesbian adults, our study shows that married bisexuals are not healthier than unmarried bisexuals. Interestingly, among bisexuals who are married or cohabiting, those with a same-sex partner are healthier than those with a different-sex partner. Their odds of reporting good health are 2.
Our findings suggest that bisexuals face unique challenges in their relationships that may reduce the health advantage linked to marriage. A growing of studies have found that bisexual individuals experience poorer health than heterosexual, gay or lesbian individuals. This includes higher rates of mental disorders, cardiovascular conditions and disability. Bisexual people are often perceived by both heterosexual and gay and lesbian people as indecisive about their sexual orientation, sexually permissive, and unfaithful or untrustworthy as romantic partners.
For example, an experimental study showed that people more often project such negative stereotypes onto a bisexual man dating a woman than they do onto a heterosexual man dating a woman or a gay man dating a man. We suspect that this stigma may undermine the health and well-being of bisexual people.
It may strain their relationships and create expectations of rejection. Their efforts to conceal a bisexual identity from a partner or other people may also trigger stress. We hope to see marriage one day become not only more accessible to all, but also equally favorable for all. up today. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. Married — but perhaps not reaping all the benefits.
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