Children make couples unhappier…

Looks like having children is not actually the bounty it’s supposed to be for people in a relationship. A University of Nebraska study shows that couples having children reach lower levels of happiness. In true State scientist fashion, they try to butter up the results by stating obvious untruths, but unfortunately for them they don’t have enough chutzpah to deny the data.

In June, The Journal of Advanced Nursing reported on a study from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing that looked at marital happiness in 185 men and women. Scores declined starting in pregnancy, and remained lower as the children reached 5 months and 24 months. Other studies show that couples with two children score even lower than couples with one child.

In the empty-nest study, researchers compared the women’s marital happiness in their 40s, when many still had children at home; in their early 50s, when some had older children who had left home; and in their 60s, when virtually all had empty nests. At every point, the empty nesters scored higher on marital happiness than women with children still at home. The finding mirrors that of a report presented last year at the American Psychological Association, tracking a dozen parents who were interviewed at the time of a child’s high school graduation and 10 years later. That small study also showed that a majority of parents scored higher on marital satisfaction after children had left home.

While the Berkeley researchers had hypothesized that the improvement in marital happiness came from couples’ spending more time together, the women in the same study reported spending just as much time with their partners whether the children were living at home or had moved out. But they said the quality of that time was better.

One thought on “Children make couples unhappier…

  1. Anarcho-pragmatiste March 6, 2009 at 16:01

    No surprise here!

    I have another claim to test: Couples make individuals unhappier.

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