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U.S. Well-Being Linked To Marital Status

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. well-being is linked to marital status, with married people reporting the highest levels of well-being and separated people the lowest, a survey indicates.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found U.S. adults who were married had the highest levels of well-being — 68.8 percent — followed by singles, who had a well-being index score of 65. Widowed people had a score of 63.5, domestic partners had a score of 63.3, divorced people had a score of 59.7 and separated people had a score of 55.9.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data involved a range of subgroups including 6,000 separated U.S. adults to more than 190,000 married adults.

“The differences in well-being by marital status were some of the largest Gallup finds within any demographic subgroups,” Gallup officials said in a statement. “For example, the roughly 13-point difference in well-being index scores between the highest and lowest scoring marital status groups compares with a maximum 5.2-point difference by racial group, a maximum 3.2-point difference by age group, and a 0.1-point difference between genders.”

The well-being index score is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, including emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and access to basic necessities. The index is calculated on a scale of 0-100 — a score of 100 would represent ideal well-being.

The survey was conducted from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2011, with a random sample of 353,492 adults. The margin of error for all adults was 1 percentage points, but for the subgroup separated adults it was 2 points.

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