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Marriage and Health
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Marriage and Health Marriage is generally good for one’s health Marriage is linked to: Decreased mortality Increased cardiovascular health Increased immune and endocrine system functioning Decreased functional disability
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Theories explaining how marriage is related to health Selection Protection Marital Quality
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Selection hypothesis Healthier people marry each other Unhealthy have trouble finding and keeping a mate Getting married is associated with: Availability of suitable partners Desirability of one’s own attributes Poor past and future health associated with lower rates of marriage
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Explained by exchange theory models of mate selection and assortative mating People pair up with others like themselves, and search for the best possible match in exchange for their own resources Murstein’s stage theory suggests physical attractiveness is critical in initial stage of relationship development
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This note was uploaded on 01/15/2012 for the course SOCI 200 taught by Professor Bartolic during the Winter '11 term at The University of British Columbia.

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