Studies have always linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual couples. A new study now shows that the benefits of marriage extend to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) couples as well. In the study, published in the journal The Gerontologist, LGBT participants who were married reported better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who were single. For the research, Jayn Goldsen from the University of Washington, and her colleagues used survey data from more than 1,800 LGBT people, aged 50 and older, in locations where gay marriage was already legal in the US in 2014. ‘In general, participants in a relationship, whether married or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were single.’ About one-fourth were married, another fourth were in a committed relationship and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average of 23 years together, while those in a committed, unmarried relationship had spent an average of 16 years. Among the study participants, more women were married than men. Researchers found that, in general, participants in a relationship, whether married or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were single. But those who were married fared even better, both socially and financially, than couples in unmarried, long-term partnerships. Single LGBT adults were more likely to have a disability; to report lower physical, psychological, social and environmental quality of life; and to have experienced the death of a partner, especially among men, the findings showed.Source: IANS << Indian-Origin Female Doctor in US Held for Child Genital Mu... Oxytocin's Role in Social Interaction Wider Than We Believe... >> Recommended Reading Aging Experiences of LGBT Americans LGBT older adults face disparities in health and well-being compared to heterosexual peers, including higher rates of disability, cardiovascular disease, etc. READ MORE Ally Behaviors of College Athletes With the LGBT Community This could be a good scale to understand and assess where athletic departments are in terms of players' engagement in anti-bias behaviors. READ MORE Mumbai Witnesses Biggest LGBT Pride March on January 28 Mumbai witnessed India's biggest LGBT Pride March on January 28. Impulse New Delhi also launched their new calendar which showcases the campaign #BeSafeBeSexy. READ MORE Parents Support Group Planned for LGBT Children in Mumbai In USA, many cities have parent support groups called PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) to support their lesbians or gays kids. READ MORE Amoebic Dysentery Amoebic dysentery or amoebiasis is an infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea most frequently along with other causes. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Drug - Food Interactions Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: Amoebic DysenteryIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?