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The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially [Paperback]

By Linda Waite (Author) & Maggie Gallagher (Author)
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An in-depth comparion of married and single life offers compelling evidence that getting and staying married promotes the happiness, physical health, psychological and emotional well-being, sexual vitality, and financial success of men, women, and their children. Reprint.

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A groundbreaking look at marriage, one of the most basic and universal of all human institutions, which reveals the emotional, physical, economic, and sexual benefits that marriage brings to individuals and society as a whole.
"The Case for Marriage" is a critically important intervention in the national debate about the future of family. Based on the authoritative research of family sociologist Linda J. Waite, journalist Maggie Gallagher, and a number of other scholars, this book's findings dramatically contradict the anti-marriage myths that have become the common sense of most Americans. Today a broad consensus holds that marriage is a bad deal for women, that divorce is better for children when parents are unhappy, and that marriage is essentially a private choice, not a public institution. Waite and Gallagher flatly contradict these assumptions, arguing instead that by a broad range of indices, marriage is actually better for you than being single or divorced- physically, materially, and spiritually. They contend that married people live longer, have better health, earn more money, accumulate more wealth, feel more fulfillment in their lives, enjoy more satisfying sexual relationships, and have happier and more successful children than those who remain single, cohabit, or get divorced.
"The Case for Marriage "combines clearheaded analysis, penetrating cultural criticism, and practical advice for strengthening the institution of marriage, and provides clear, essential guidelines for reestablishing marriage as the foundation for a healthy and happy society.
"A compelling defense of a sacred union. "The Case for Marriage "is well written and well argued, empirically rigorous and learned, practical and commonsensical." -- William J. Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues
""Makes the absolutely critical point that marriage has been misrepresented and misunderstood." -- "The Wall Street Journal

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The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially by Linda Waite & Maggie Gallagher has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 185
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 142

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Broadway
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.99" Width: 5.21" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 9, 2001
Publisher   Broadway
ISBN  0767906322  
ISBN13  9780767906326  

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More About Linda Waite & Maggie Gallagher

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Linda J. Waite is a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and the author of New Families, No Families. She lives in Glencoe, Illinois.
Maggie Gallagher is Director of the Marriage Program at the Institute of American Values, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of Enemies of Eros. She lives in New York City.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Relationships > Marriage
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Marriage & Family

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Books > Christian Living > Relationships > Family Concerns

Reviews - What do customers think about The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially?

What we already knew  Mar 9, 2007
The power of this book is that it documents what we intuitively know -- there's a reason for marriage and we toy with it at our peril. Not that all married people are doing great or that being single or divorced is an automatic prescription for unhappiness, but marriage tends to make people more secure and wealthier and creates a better environment for children. The authors unearth impressive research and bring discernment to its interpretation. We have to pay attention to marriages or face cultural melt-down.
I'm [working to be] an economist...  Feb 26, 2007
This book is absolutely ridiculous.

Go take a critical thinking class and then read the first three chapters of this book. You wouldn't want to continue afterwards.

WHAT A JOKE! I can't believe a college professor wrote this.
bad science in the service of politics  Dec 29, 2006

I'm a social scientist and for years I have been studying singlehood and the implications of getting married. Before I began my research in this area, I believed that the claims made in this book - for example, that getting married makes you happier and healthier - were basically correct. Then I checked the authors' claims against the original research reports in the professional journals. I found that most of their claims are grossly exaggerated or just plain wrong. In my book, Singled Out, I compare the claims that Waite and Gallagher made against the actual data. I do so in a way that I hope is highly readable and sometimes even funny.

The Case for Marriage is an example of what I call "singlism" - basically, singles bashing. What makes it especially egregious is that the case is made under the guise of science. Linda Waite is a serious scientist; too bad she has let politics get in the way.

I am giving this 2 stars instead of 1 because it is useful as a summary of the party line. This is what many people WANT to believe about the implications of getting married. It is not what is true.

If you disagree, I welcome you to take a look at Singled Out and let me know where you think I'm wrong.
Amazing Book Documents That Marriage Is Good Medicine  Jan 13, 2006
Wow. This book can leave the reader speechless. It documents that, "Both married men and women live longer, healthier lives...When it comes to money, marriage makes both men and women better off...When it comes to sex and sexual satisfaction, once again husbands and wives are better off...marriage provides some protection from domestic violence, at least compared to women in cohabiting relationships..." (p. 170), and, "In fact, virtually every study of happiness that has ever been done has found that married men and women are happier than singles" (p. 168); the authors' address the antiquated and misinterpreted 1972 study done by Bernard claiming otherwise.

This work is useful for anyone concerned about marriage: the person on the street, the young single, the counselor, the clergyman, the sociology prof, the individual considering divorce or the candidate for marriage. Despite a few quotations using offensive language, this work is ideal for all adults. It must be read slowly, because it is filled with facts, figures and statistics and you may want to do a lot of underlining (as I did).

There were a couple of points that would have made the work better. For example, the authors constantly refer to a near 50% divorce rate in the U.S. Although true, it is important to point out that only 27% of FIRST marriages end in divorce. What brings the statistics up are the serial divorcers.

Their chapter titled, "Why Marriage is in Trouble" is weak. It sights a few possible reasons for the rise in divorce, but not the main one: people are more messed up than they used to be. People are less social, have a less realistic understanding of what is normal and realistic (partly because they believe TV and Hollywood, but partly because of THEIR upbringing), and the social push toward "demanding" our rights rather than being cooperative and compromising. They did get it right, however, when they stressed that too many people think about "their happiness" and not about the misery divorce will bring to them and to their children.

Let me share this one: "86 percent of unhappily married people who stick it out find that, five years later, their marriage are happier.... In fact, nearly three-fifths of those who said their marriage was unhappy in the late 80's and who stayed married....rated this same marriage as either "very happy" or "quite happy" when reinterviewed in the early 90's." We need to get the word out!

I would label this an important book and highly recommend it. If you are involved in "people helping," this book is not luxury, but necessity.
Read before you editorialize.   May 3, 2005
I found it interesting that the negative reviews came from those that had just heard about the author's politics, not those that actually read her well researched and rationally composed works.

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