Incorporating health into models of marriage choice: Demographic and sociological perspectives

Haishan Fu, Noreen Goldman

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This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth to examine how health-related characteristics and behaviors affect first marriage rates among young American adults. The results emphasize the importance of including health variables in models of marriage choice by demonstrating that persons with unhealthy behaviors (such as high levels of alcohol consumption and the use of hard drugs) and with physical characteristics that are typically associated with poorer past and future health statuses (obesity and short stature) have lower marriage rates than their healthier counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-758
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Marriage and health
  • Marriage rates
  • National longitudinal study of youth
  • Youth


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