Project Overview

Our project focuses on the early years of heterosexual marriage, which are an important time in people's lives. The Growth in Early Marriage Project (GEM), funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a study of couples in Western Massachusetts who are newly married.

The researchers who lead this study--Dr. Paula Pietromonaco and Dr. Sally Powers--are interested in how couples change over time and about the way that close relationships can affect health.

The goal of the GEM Project is to learn firsthand from newlyweds and to understand their experiences as they make the transition to married life.