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Research News: How does the legal recognition of your relationship affect you?

Posted on May 7th, 2010 by IMPACT in Uncategorized. No Comments

In a study reported in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Family Psychology, researchers conducted an online survey of over 2,000 LGB individuals to examine outcomes associated with having one’s committed relationship legally recognized. Compared to individuals in committed (but not legally recognized) relationships, the authors found that individuals in legally recognized relationships “reported less internalized homophobia, fewer depressive symptoms, lower levels of stress, and more meaning in their lives”. See Dr. Mustanski’s Psychology Today blog for more about the benefits of marriage and the negative impact of bans on same-sex marriage.

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