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Marriage or Living Together Can Boost Emotional Health for Young Couples

Marriage or Living Together Can Boost Emotional Health for Young Couples

A new study discovers that when it comes to emotional health, young couples — especially women — do just as well moving in together as they do getting married. Ohio State University researchers found that emotional distress declined in single young women when they moved in with a romantic partner or when they went straight […]

Marriage Linked to Favorable Recovery after Heart Surgery

Marriage Linked to Favorable Recovery after Heart Surgery

New research finds that being married appears to have significant benefits following cardiac surgery. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania discovered patients who are divorced, separated, or widowed had an approximately 40 percent greater chance of dying or developing a new functional disability in the first two years following […]

Improve Marriage by Communicating Gratitude to Spouse

Improve Marriage by Communicating Gratitude to Spouse

Simply thanking a spouse or telling them they are appreciated appears to do wonders for a marriage. Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) found that expressing gratitude was a key skill to relieve the negative effects of poor communication during conflicts and a major influence toward improving marital quality. “We found that feeling appreciated […]

What are the health-related benefits of the marriage equality ruling for LGBT couples?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on marriage equality has important, positive health implications for LGBT persons, including the impact of reducing stigmatization and discrimination… Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Quality of Marriage Impacts Blood Pressure, Mortality

Quality of Marriage Impacts Blood Pressure, Mortality

New research reviews how marital stress can influence health and mortality. In the study, investigators wanted to know if an individual’s blood pressure is influenced by their own as well as their partner’s reports of chronic stress, and whether there are gender differences in these patterns. Researchers also wanted to determine if negative marital quality […]

Bad Marriage May Worsen Health Problems of Caregiver

Being a caregiver for a chronically ill family member can negatively impact your physical, biological and mental health, but if you are also in a strained marriage, these negative health effects may feel intensified, according to a new study at South Dakota State University. As part of a research project for the National Institute on […]

Unhappy Marriage Tied to Higher Risk for Heart Disease

Emerging research suggests a conflictual marriage is associated with greater risk of cardiovascular illness. “Growing evidence suggests that the quality and patterns of one’s social relationships may be linked with a variety of health outcomes, including heart disease,” said Dr. Thomas Kamarck, professor of psychology and Biological and Health Program Chair at the University of […]

Marriage Seems to Protect the Heart

Marriage Seems to Protect the Heart

People who are married have lower rates of cardiovascular disease compared with those who are single, divorced, or widowed, according to a new study. The new research, presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session, also found that the relationship between marriage and lower odds of vascular diseases is especially pronounced before […]

Could Watching a Movie Save Your Marriage?

Could Watching a Movie Save Your Marriage?

According to a new study, watching and discussing movies about relationships could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half. The study, involving 174 couples, found that discussing just five movies about relationships over a month can be just as effective as other more intensive therapist-led methods — reducing the divorce or separation rate […]

Spousal Drinking Habits Should Match for Stronger Marriage

Spousal Drinking Habits Should Match for Stronger Marriage

New research suggests marital harmony does not really depend on how much you drink; rather, a more important factor is how much your spouse drinks also. In a study, University of Buffalo researchers discovered heavy drinking is bad for marriage if one spouse drinks, but not both. Researchers followed 634 couples from the time of […]

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