How Much Do You Know About Marriage? "Take The Case for
1. Between 1979 and 1987, according to Justice Department
proportion of intimate violence against women was committed by
a. 1 percent
b. About half
c. Less than ten percent
2. On average, how much more likely is a single woman to die
than a married
woman of the same age.
a. 50 percent
b. 0 percent
c. 200 percent
d. 10 percent
3. How many years does a parent's divorce knock off the life
their children, according to a study of a gifted, white, middle
a. Nothing. The apparent effects of marriage are really due to
b. 6 months.
c. 4 years.
d. 2 years
4. True or False. Husbands make more money than bachelors, but
reduces a women's earnings.
5. True or False. More married people cheat than couples
who live together
6. True or False. Marriage makes men happier, but women more
7. True or False. Single people are more likely to be "very
8. True or false. Single mothers usually develop unusually
relationships with their children..
1. C. 9 percent of violence by intimates was committed by
3. C. Non-marriage is one of the largest behavioral
health risks people
4. False. Husbands make more money than bachelors,
and so do wives.
Childless white wives get a marriage wage premium of 4
and black wives earn ten percent more than comparable single
5. False. Cohabiting men are four times more likely to
cheat than husbands,
and cohabiting women are 8 times more likely to cheat than
6. False. Married men and women are less depressed, less
psychologically distressed than singles, divorced or widowed
contrast getting divorced lowers both men and women's mental
increasing depression, hostility, lowering self-esteem, sense of
mastery, and purpose in life.
7. False. Forty percent of married people, compared to about a
singles or cohabitors say they are "very happy" with life in
8, False. Adult children of divorce describe relationships
with both their
mother and father less positively, and, on average, are about 40
likely than adults from intact marriages to say they see
either parent at
least several times a week.
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things come to
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