Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, August 3, 2020

Early Marriage Does Not Protect Against Risky Behavior

From Science Daily:

"In a sample of young adults, we found that marriage was not uniformly protective against alcohol misuse. In fact, we found that early marriage (i.e., by age 21) seemed to exacerbate risk for alcohol use among individuals with a higher genetic predisposition," said study author Rebecca Smith, a doctoral student in theDepartment of Psychologyin theCollege of Humanities and Sciences. "Thus, early marriage does not have the same protective benefit in terms of attenuating genetic predispositions that has been observed for marriage later in adulthood."

The study, "Using a Developmental Perspective to Examine the Moderating Effects of Marriage on Heavy Episodic Drinking in a Young Adult Sample Enriched for Risk," will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Development and Psychopathology.

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