Majority of births among under 30 are to unmarried women

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Motherhood without marriage has settled deeply into middle America.

Birth to unmarried women used to be called illegitimacy, now it is the new normal.  The share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold after steadily rising for five decades: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage.

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Many single people looking for love, but marriage not a priority

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Marriage has been declining steadily in the USA for more than 35 years.

Many singles appear to be enjoying their unencumbered and unmarried state that two-thirds aren’t even sure they want to marry, suggests a broad national survey of the dating habits, sexual behaviors and lifestyles of 5,541 single adults across the U.S.

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Study: single people may die younger

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Single men could die about a decade earlier than married men. Single women don’t fare much better.

Being single is great, isn’t it? You get to sleep on either side of the bed; you never have to wait for the bathroom; you’ve got all that “me time.” Except, well, you may be one of the unlucky singles who keel over about one decade earlier than your married friends, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Single Moms at Risk of Poor Health Later in Life

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Stress and financial strain may take toll.

Moms who had children outside of marriage may be at risk for poor health later in life.  Thousands of mothers who participated in a 30-year study, but the ones who had delivered children outside of marriage reported being less healthy when they reached their 40s than the ones who had postponed motherhood until after marriage.

 

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Is There a Health Advantage to Being Married?

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In 1858, a British epidemiologist named William Farr set out to study what he called the “conjugal condition” of the people of France. He divided the adult population into three distinct categories: the “married,” consisting of husbands and wives; the “celibate,” defined as the bachelors and spinsters who had never married; and finally the “widowed,” those who had experienced the death of a spouse. Using birth, death and marriage records, Farr analyzed the relative mortality rates of the three groups at various ages. The work, a groundbreaking study that helped establish the field of medical statistics, showed that the unmarried died from disease “in undue proportion” to their married counterparts. And the widowed, Farr found, fared worst of all.

 

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