A recent study showed that men are unlikely to get involved in aggressive actions or display anti-social behaviour once they get married. It seems that marriage really settles men down. The study was performed by Alexandra Burt, a behavioral geneticist and psychologist at Michigan State University on 289 pairs of identical male twins.
The study was performed on twins to prove that marriage is indeed the one which calms men down and not the belief that usually mellow men get married in the first place.
As far as women are concerned, specialists have not yet found any proof that marriage changes their anti-social tendencies to the better. The reason for this might be the fact that usually women do not present such tendencies before or after marriage.
The study made on the 289 pairs of identical twins was made for a period of more than ten years but it finally proved what behavioral psychologists have always suspected. The subjects had to report their marital status at 17, 20, 24 and 29. At 17 and 20 they were all unmarried, at 24, 22.9 percent of them were married and by 29, the percentage rose to 58.8, this high percentage allowing researchers to notice if there were any behavioural differences between the period they were unmarried and the one that followed with them as married men.
The results of the study showed that even the most aggressive men gave up most of their antisocial manifestations after getting married which would result in the fact that marriage indeed tames men.
The twin factor was an important element of the study because many of the unmarried twins remained faithful to their disturbing antisocial behavior while the married brothers completely changed their attitude. All in all, the study showed that married life reduces antisocial behavior by 30 percent.