Too big an age gap may take a toll on your marriage
Age may be no bar for most when it comes to love and matrimony, but a new study suggests that the contentment in such unions fades away over time.
A study suggests that marriages with large age gaps are less resilient in the face of economic downturns as compared to those in which the spouses are of the same age. Research from University of Colorado at Boulder, US, revealed that men reported greater marital satisfaction, when paired with a younger spouse. Study author Terra McKinnish said that men, who have younger wives, are the most satisfied and men who are married to older wives are the least satisfied. “Women are particularly dissatisfied when they’re married to older husbands and particularly satisfied if they’re married to younger husbands,” McKinnish added.
That initial satisfaction erodes rapidly, however, after 6-10 years of marriage for the couples with a big age gap between the partners, say researchers. “Over time, the people, who are married to a much older or younger spouse, tend to have larger declines in marital satisfaction over time compared to those who are married to spouses who are similar in age,” McKinnish noted. One mechanism for this decline could be how the age difference between spouses affects the couple’s ability to respond to economic setbacks, such as a job loss, McKinnish said.
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