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Do Beautiful Women Have Happier Marriages?

Here's a post from OnSugar blog My DISFunkshion.

While it's not really news that physical appearance is the basis for a lot of relationships, what does this mean in the long run?

The Journal of Family Psychology suggests that the more physically attractive a wife is in comparison to her husband, the happier they may be as a couple.

Researchers studied 82 newlyweds and found that the couples with wives more facially attractive than their husbands generally ranked their marriage higher on a six-level marriage satisfaction scale. When the husbands had the prettier faces, the opposite was true.


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It did not matter the actual degree of their physical attractiveness — just who was better-looking in comparison to their spouse.

For now, the implications are unclear. The study only covered couples who had been married for less than three months and other factors (like, um, personality) were not considered as causes. The differences could also be attributed to differences in education, income, lifestyle, or just perceptions of happiness on the marriage-satisfaction scale.

If celebrity couplings provide any sort of insight, they do little to support this research: Sandra Bullock and Jesse James? Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren? The females were the more attractive ones in those couplings, and look at how their marriages turned out.

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bryseana bryseana 7 years
Kobe cheated on his wife, Jesse James, Tiger, etc...Hot women can have cheating spouses too. This study is rather naive.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I agree -- couples married under 3 months are weak subjects for this study.
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
This is sort of offense.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'm really hoping that for most couples, your satisfaction after 3 months is pretty high regardless of what you look like! this should be tested more like at 5 or 10 years!
imLissy imLissy 7 years
I thought they've done studies that showed if the two were considered equally attractive they were happier. This study is just bizarre. Less than 100 couples who were only married for at most 3 months? The guys are probably thinking, oh awesome, I married someone hot!
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Less than three months isn't much of a study. Celebrity couples aren't really worth studying either.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
This is a pretty stupid study. If they were going to study marriages than maybe they should take a broad sample, not just couples married less than 3 mths.
joriss joriss 7 years
A good marriage is surely isn't about who has prettier wives or good looking husband. Its about having the complete contentment and love for each other. If you love and care about your other half and family you will stay in a good marriage and be happy.. But some stay in the marriage just for the sake of their family but never been happy with it. They just learn to deal with it. For some reasons family breaks and its definitely not going to fix just because you had a pretty wife.
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