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Adult development and aging-Chapter 9-Relationships

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*As a social institution, this is defined as a legally sanctioned union between a man and a woman (in most US Sates).

1) People who are married partake in many benefits such as finances, health care, housing, retirement, death benefits, etc)
2) People who are not legally married are not automatically entitled to the benefits available to those who are.
3) The definition of marriage includes no mention of the emotional connection with each other.
1) % of population currently married
-121.7 million adults were married and living with their spouse, 50% of the population 18 and older

2) % married at least once by age 55

3) Median age of marriage
*Men = 28.1
*women = 25.9

4) Effect of marriage on mortality
-9-15% reduction
-greater in countries from Europe and North America compared to Israel and countries from Asia.

5) Rates of marriage by race/ethnicity
*Lowest (34%) Blacks
*Highest (62%) Asians
*Middle (56%) Whites
*Among people 65 and older in the US
1) 72% of men
2) 42% of women
-married and living with a spouse.

*Women over the age of 65
1) twice as likely (39%)
2) as men (19%) to be living alone.

*Older women are a greater risk for some of the disadvantages that come with single status, including fewer financial resources, less access to care, and lower social support.