A new study discovers that when it comes to emotional health, young couples — especially women — do just as well moving in together as they do getting married.
Ohio State University researchers found that emotional distress declined in single young women when they moved in with a romantic partner or when they went straight to marriage for the first time.
Men experienced a drop in emotional distress only when they went directly to marriage, not when they moved in with a romantic partner for the first time.
And when young adults ended a first relationship, both men and women received similar emotional boosts whether they moved in with their second partner or got married to them.
The findings suggest an evolving role of marriage among young people today, said Sara Mernitz, co-author of the study and a doctoral student in human sciences.