Men who are married engage in less aggressive and illegal behavior than those who aren’t, according to a new study.
The trend seems to be partly because of the bonding effect of marriage itself and partly because less antisocial men tend to be the ones walking down the aisle in the first place, the research shows.
Previous links have been drawn between marriage and the reduction in bad behavior. But it wasn’t known why.
Researchers from Michigan State University found that men who are more antisocial — defined as being aggressive, having a lack of remorse, being irresponsible and dismissing the rights of others — are less likely to tie the knot, while those who are less antisocial are more likely to get married.
“Antisocial personality disorder is often misunderstood as being asocial,” lead author S. Alexandra Burt, an associate professor of psychology, told AOL Health. “It’s a pervasive pattern of disregarding and violating the rights and safety of others.”
But being married also appears to further lessen antisocial tendencies, the researchers found.
“If you’re bonded to other people [like a spouse], maybe you’re going to be less likely to disregard their rights,” Burt said.
Continue reading to find out why a husband is less likely than a single guy to get into trouble, on AOL Health.
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