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Chapter%2011%20Handouts - Relationships & Health Chapter 11

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Chapter 11
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Marriage/Cohabitation & Health
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Marriage & positive cohabiting relationships generally associated with more positive health outcomes Married people had highest levels of happiness and lowest levels of depression Single individuals- more distress Men benefit the most from marriage In some studies, cohabitation is just as beneficial to health as marriage
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Main Effects – provide better health regardless of the situation Involve things like having a person help you lead a better lifestyle, decrease unhealthy behaviors, & promote early detection of disease Married men more likely to have blood pressure checked, engage in physical activity, and less likely to smoke than widowed men Married women more likely to eat breakfast and wear seatbelts compared to widowed women Positive effects most beneficial for males
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Buffering Effects – indirect effects on individual’s health through provision of resources to help cope with stress Social Support Married men and women report higher levels of support than unmarried people Again, effects are greater for males Financial support More advantageous for women Better health and less distress associated with increases in family income
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It could be that being single & alone is associated with more negative life events
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2009 for the course PSYC 300 taught by Professor Cambron during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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Chapter%2011%20Handouts - Relationships & Health Chapter 11

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