With the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, and every other dreary issue facing the world today, many marriages are breaking down under the pressures of everyday life. However, a new study has found that same-sex married couples tend to tackle stress much better than heterosexual couples.
The study, which looked at 419 couples in same-sex and heterosexual marriages, was carried out by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. Yiwen Wang, a graduate research trainee and Ph.D. candidate with the school’s sociology department, led the study alongside Debra Umberson, a professor of sociology. Their findings were published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and examined Dyadic coping, the process through which partners handle stress together.
They discovered through their interviews that both men and women in same-sex marriages, which are naturally more collaborative, handle pressure much better than their heterosexual counterparts.
Umberson explained that with same-sex couples often deal with unique stressors. Therefore, they tend to rely heavily on one another to de-escalate conflict and maintain positivity.
“Coping as a couple may be especially important for them as they do not receive as much support from extended family, friends, or institutions as different-sex couples do,” she stated.
Overall, the research confirmed that all aspects of dyadic coping are essential for healthy marriages among both same and different-sex marriages.
Is it surprising that same-sex married couples are navigating through life better together?