Britain has happy couples, married or cohabiting

February 15th, 2011 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 15 (IANS) Whether they are married or cohabiting with a partner, the vast majority of couples in Britain are happy in their relationship, reveals a study. What’s more, being together for less than five years and not having children might have something to do with it! Initial findings show that around 90 percent of individuals who are living with a partner are happy with their relationship.

Researchers at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) asked both individuals in the couple to rate their happiness on a seven-point scale; from the lowest score of ‘extremely unhappy’ to the middle point of ‘happy’, the highest point being ‘perfect’.

The self-reported happiness rating revealed that 90 percent of married women and 88 percent of cohabiting women are happy in their relationships, according to an ISER statement.

Ninety-three percent of married men and 92 percent of cohabiting men said they were happy in their relationship.

The findings indicate the happiest couples are those in which both are educated to the degree level, have no children, have been together for less than five years and the man is employed.

Factors such as being married or cohabiting, age of the individuals and duration of the partnership all have an effect on the level of happiness in a relationship.

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