Contrary to popular belief, marriage gives men and women a boost of mental health. In 1972, sociologist Jessie Bernard watched the symptoms of anxiety, depression, neuroses and liabilities in married and unmarried people. Found that men were better off marrying single and concluded that took those benefits at the expense of women. That has become a central element of women's liberation movement in the 1970s and still often cited. But the psychologist David de Vaus from La Trobe University in Melbourne highlights research that Bernard only watched a narrow definition of stress. "It is well known that women are much more likely to score highly on these disorders," she says. Most of the research has ignored the fact that the mental disorder can occur in men in the form of abuse of drugs and alcohol, says de Vaus. Then, finally, marriage benefits both men and women when it comes to emotional health.