The results of a recent marital research study, published in the October issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, further confirms that the key to a happy marriage is as simple as keeping the wife happy and content. Rutgers University, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, revisited this marital landscape with a new twist. This time, the research team opted to consider the feelings of both spouses. The results indicate that the happier the wife is within the marriage the happier the husband is, no matter the negative marital connotations of the paternal persuasion.
Deborah Carr, a professor in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Michigan, concluded that if a wife considers herself relatively happy with her marriage she will opt to do more for her husband, therefore ultimately increasing the level of emotional well-being and also avoiding a consultation with an qualified divorce attorney. Even though men still remain less vocal about their marriages in general, this negative view of the marital union does not necessarily transfer to the wife.
The study, spearheaded by Carr and Vicki Freedman, a fellow research professor, focused on the marital forecast of older couples. The research team surveyed and analyzed data from 394 participating couples echoing the national study conducted in 2009. Subject matter concentrated on income, health and disability. The majority of the focus group participants had been married for an average of 39 years.