Women who are in relationships are more likely to experience depression and low self-esteem.


Women who are in relationships are more likely to experience depression and low self-esteem.


We're sorry to say that as love relationships grow, people tend to become sadder and less confident. While this is true for everyone, it is especially prevalent among women and married people.

While people of all genders tend to become more depressed as their romantic relationships progress, women consistently reported doing much worse than their male counterparts in terms of mental well-being — especially those in heterosexual partnerships, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Family Psychology in June 2021.

The study looked at levels of life satisfaction, depressive symptoms, and self-esteem in 554 German persons in romantic partnerships, according to Matthew D. Johnson of the University of Alberta and his German colleagues Franz J. Neyer and Christine Finn. They wanted to poll a varied range of people of all ages, as well as couples at various phases in their love relationships: Some were in their teens and dating casually, while others were in their forties and married. However, the oldest participant was 41 years old, and just 1% of participants were in same-sex partnerships.

Johnson's findings did not indicate a lot of happy ever afters.

According to the study, simply being a woman "predicted inferior initial subjective well-being" as well as a bigger fall in general well-being as romantic relationships progressed. It also discovered a significant drop in self-esteem and melancholy symptoms as the relationship progressed, considerably more than men in relationships had reported.

However, the study indicated that everyone felt worse when they were partnered up, so there is still hope for feminism.

Indeed, the first set of studies found that after around a year in a relationship, all half of unions felt worse about their life and themselves, regardless of whether they were a teen casually dating or married in their thirties. According to the findings, all genders' subjective well-being deteriorated, and persons in partnerships consistently reported worse self-esteem while their depression symptoms increased. 

However, not every relationship-induced depression is equal, as one group suffered more than the others. The investigation also discovered that being "older" and married (albeit the oldest individual examined was 41 years old) predicts general poor well-being, as those who had married reported feeling substantially less content with their lives than those who were still living together or simply dating. Those in holy matrimony also had significantly higher self-esteem concerns than their single counterparts.

Yes, married women's symptoms were consistently worse than married men's symptoms.

At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with all wedding planners. Women who are married.

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