Mental/Emotional Health

By: Keyes, Corey L.M.

This researcher studies data from the Midlife in the United States study and finds that across marital status groups married adults reported the highest proportion of individuals with flourishing mental/emotional health (19.6%). Married adults as a group also had the lowest proportion of individuals experiencing depression (8.1%) and tied for the lowest proportion of individuals with languishing mental/emotional health (tied with widows at 3.6%). Individuals with languishing mental/emotional health ran significantly higher risks for episodes of severe depression, lost work days due to health concerns, and limited functioning in daily activities.

Mental health continuum: From languishing to flourishing in life. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 43 (2): 207-22.