New Study Finds Same-Sex Married Couples Cope With Stress Better Than Heterosexual Couples


With the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, and every other dreary issue facing the world today, many marriages are breaking down under the pressures of everyday life. However, a new study has found that same-sex married couples tend to tackle stress much better than heterosexual couples.

The study, which looked at 419 couples in same-sex and heterosexual marriages, was carried out by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Yiwen Wang, a graduate research trainee and Ph.D. candidate with the school's sociology department, led the study alongside Debra Umberson, a professor of sociology. Their findings were published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and examined Dyadic coping, the process through which partners handle stress together.

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They discovered through their interviews that both men and women in same-sex marriages, which are naturally more collaborative, handle pressure much better than their heterosexual counterparts.

Umberson explained that with same-sex couples often deal with unique stressors. Therefore, they tend to rely heavily on one another to de-escalate conflict and maintain positivity.

"Coping as a couple may be especially important for them as they do not receive as much support from extended family, friends, or institutions as different-sex couples do," she stated.

Overall, the research confirmed that all aspects of dyadic coping are essential for healthy marriages among both same and different-sex marriages.

Is it surprising that same-sex married couples are navigating through life better together?

The post New Study Finds Same-Sex Married Couples Cope With Stress Better Than Heterosexual Couples appeared first on Baller Alert.


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