Young men who expected to tie the knot in the next five years are reported to be committing fewer delinquent acts in the next year than the one who is thoughtless about falling in the bond.
Prior studies have shown that people commit fewer crimes when they get married, this is the first to show that people fall straight even before the wedding.
The results stresses the necessity of marriage in today’s society, even though many people do not take the institution as significant till they turn older, according to the lead author of the study and a research fellow in human development and family science at The Ohio State University.
The co-author of the study says, “This is a reminder that marriage still matters. Just the expectation of marriage may be enough to change some people’s behavior.”
The researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997. This study included 7,057 people who were 15 to 20 years old when the data for this study was collected in 2000 and 2001.
The key finding was that young people with higher marital expectations in 2000 had lower levels of delinquent activity in 2001.
The main reason for these people to avoid a life of delinquency is to gain social acceptance and be seen as “marriage material”.