Study: Big Gaps in Age Can Turn A Marriage Sour in Just Six Years
I generally do not support May-December relationships, as I’ve written about before.
Age DOES matter in relationships: Big gaps can turn a marriage sour in just six years as partners struggle to agree and have different viewpoints
- Study found men who are married to younger wives were initially most satisfied
- But the marriage can go can sour in just six to ten years, researchers found
- Similarly-aged couples are better at dealing with difficult decisions, study found
- Marriages with large age gaps are less resilient in during economic downturns
Marriages with a large age gap are less likely to work than when the couple is a similar age, according to new research.
Although men might be happier with a younger wife in the early stages of marriage, it can sour in just six to ten years, the study found.
Similarly-aged couples are better at dealing with difficult decisions as they are more in sync and will do much better in the long-run.
Using research from 13 years of studying thousands of Australian households, researchers found that marriages with large age gaps are less resilient in the face of economic downturns.
Men reported greater marital satisfaction when paired with a younger spouse, especially in the early years of marriage – but the reverse appears to be true as well.
‘We find that men who are married to younger wives are the most satisfied, and men who are married to older wives are the least satisfied,’ said Terra McKinnish, a professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a co-author of the new study.
‘Women are also particularly dissatisfied when they’re married to older husbands and particularly satisfied if they’re married to younger husbands.
‘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,’ said Dr McKinnish.
…Similarly-aged couples may be more in sync on life decisions that affect both partners – such as having children and general spending habits – which makes them better equipped to deal with negative financial shock.