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Survey suggests welfare increases chances of divorce

A survey of 295 married couples suggests that receiving welfare and other forms of government assistance, like food stamps and Medicaid, increases marital dissatisfaction.

A research professor at the University of Missouri authored the study which asked couples about their happiness with their marriage.  Among couples receiving less than $20,000 in annual income, couples receiving government assistance were much more likely to respond that they were dissatisfied with their marriage.

The professor acknowledged that finances are widely known to cause disagreement and dissatisfaction within a marriage.  However, he said he was surprised to see that welfare dramatically increased the chances of marital satisfaction in couples in the same income bracket.

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