Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Can Marriage be Bad for Health? Evidence from Turkey
Issue: Vol. 9, No 1, 2016
Published date: 03-2016 (print) / 03-2016 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Hüseyin Kaya
Çağlar Yurtseven
Keywords: self-rated health, marital status, ordered probit, health survey, Turkey
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2016/9-1/11
Index PUBMS: b7b27cb4-0297-11e8-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 162-172 (11)
JEL classification: I19, J12

Literature on marital status and health generally finds that being married has a positive effect on health, however, this conclusion comes mostly from the studies of Western societies. In order to investigate whether this belief is generalizable to the entire world, we use the data on Turkey where family relations are mainly dominated by Oriental values and population is predominantly Muslim. We use the cross-sectional data from the 2010 Turkish Health Survey, which was carried out in 7,886 households (20,200 individuals)to employ an ordered probit model using self-rated health as a measure for health status. The results suggest that, contrary to the conclusions drawn from the previous studies, marriage has a negative effect on health status. We also show that this relationship is even stronger when we consider only women.