General Health

By: Hewitt, Belinda, Baxter, Janeen, and Mark Western.

Using data from the Australian longitudinal Negotiating the Lifecourse study, these researchers find that married women report significantly better health than cohabiting or previously married women. Furthermore, of women who have children under age 18 in the home, those who report the best health are women who are not working at all, followed by women working part-time, and lastly women working full-time.

Family, work, health: The impact of marriage, parenthood, and employment on self-reported health of Australian men and women. Journal of Sociology 21 (1): 61-78.