Why marriage is a ‘good investment’
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A new study suggests a high percentage of Australians want to be married and would be happy to wait for that opportunity, despite the fact that the country is not well suited to it.
Key points:The new research found that more than half of people want to marry and have children by the age of 60Source: The ConversationIt comes as the Government and the major parties continue to wrestle with the challenges of the ageing population and a rise in infanticide, while simultaneously promoting the benefits of marriage and families.
The study was commissioned by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, a research institute, and it found that 51 per cent of Australians believe they would be happier living with a partner who is older, with a better income or education and who they would want to spend time with.
The survey also found that 55 per cent said that they were satisfied with the level of support they were getting from their partners and partner-to-partner relationships.
But it was the number of people aged 55 and above who were willing to marry that stood out, with 62 per cent saying they would prefer to marry someone over the age 55.
And the vast majority of people who said they would marry would be willing to wait until they were old enough to have children, with the majority of those who said the same.
The report also found the percentage of people wanting to marry was rising with the number, and age, of partners they had, with 59 per cent in the 55 to 64 age bracket wanting to have a partner that was older than 55.
“The numbers that are actually saying they’re ready to marry are increasing and that’s great,” said Professor Richard Hamer of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Melbourne.
“But I think we’ve got to remember that it’s not going to happen overnight.
We’ve got a lot of work to do in the coming years and that means we need to be cautious about how we talk about marriage and family.”
In addition to being a good investment in a person’s future, marriage and children could also reduce stress and loneliness in the long run, according to the report.
The majority of the people in the study agreed that having a partner of the same gender would reduce the amount of stress and anxiety they felt in the future, as well as reducing loneliness.
And, as they aged, they found that having children was an important part of the plan for them as they were more likely to be single and would see themselves as having a more successful future.
“There’s this sense of ‘there’s this whole other world’ and we want to have our kids, so it seems like a very good investment,” Professor Hamer said.
“It might not be the most important part, but it’s something that is going to have an impact on a lot more people over the course of their lives.”
Topics:marriage,population-and-demographics,family-and_children,family,community-and%E2%80%93-politics,government-and/or-politics-and-“parties”,marriage,government,australiaFirst posted October 26, 2019 16:31:42Contact Andrew MearesMore stories from Western Australia
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