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Marriage and health . . . and other stories

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2929 (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2929

Re: Marriage and health . . . and other stories

Easy to dismiss the consistent but modest association of marriage with good health, especially if it is largely explained by selection effects as many suspect.

If the major selection influence is having married parents however, and there is reason to believe it, the protective effect of marriage for public health may be much larger than anyone realises.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 July 2018
Michael A Colvin
Paediatrician
NHS
Scotland