Study reveals wives in low-income marriages grow less satisfied


A study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas revealed how much a couple's socioeconomic status may influence the satisfaction level of their marriage over time. The Law Office of Brian Bagley, PLLC, understands how remaining in an unhappy relationship may have overwhelming consequences for both you and your children. Sometimes, a divorce might be a necessary step in helping to move towards a more fulfilling and rewarding life.

As reported by Forbes magazine, researchers at the University of Texas and the University of Georgia found that wives in sociodemographic risk marriages started their marriage already unsatisfied. For most couples, the first years after their marriages are filled with excitement and happiness. Going through with a wedding when the bride-to-be is already unhappy, however, may be a sign that the relationship is risky and may not be capable of lasting.

The researchers detected a pattern of fulfillment levels declining after a marriage, which they called the "honeymoon-is-over" effect. By surveying 431 couples, the research team discovered that, over time, the satisfaction levels decreased the greatest for the wives in low-income marriages and who were already experiencing satisfaction issues when they first began their married life. Researchers also found that couples with higher levels of satisfaction when they first married tended to have a more stable level of satisfaction following their "honeymoon-is-over" period.

Accordingly, it was determined that couples who are economically disadvantaged are more likely to experience declining satisfaction levels in their marriages than those couples who are more well off financially. When a relationship gets to a point where it is not fulfilling either partner’s needs, however, it may be time to consider moving on.

Our page on divorce provides more information on how the process works and how a marital disengagement may be accomplished amicably.

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