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article imageStudy says happily married couples healthier than single people

By Owen Weldon     Feb 17, 2013 in Health
According to a new study, couples who are happily married are more healthy than people who are singles. The study reveals aging adults with declining health can benefit from improving their marriages.
According to Yahoo, the assistant professor in the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Christine Proulx, examined the long-term relationship between self-rated health the the quality of a marriage.
Proulx found that positive and negative relationships can affect a person's health.
According to Huffington Post, Proulx said that married couples should pay attention to how they treat each other and they should be aware that how happy they are in their marriages plays a role in both of their health.
According to Health Canal, Proulx suggests that health professionals should take in account their patients' personal relationships when they design treatment plans.
Proulx said that physicians should recognize that patients' marriages may affect their health. She also said that she suspects that there would be higher rate of adherence to treatment plans for illnesses that are chronic if professionals would place more emphasis on incorporating spouses and families in patients' care. She said that if spouses could understand the disease their partners' have, and how to treat it at home, and if they are in a happy marriage, then both of their health could improve.
Proulx analyzed data from 707 married adults, who took part in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, which was started back in 1980.
The study will soon be published in the Journal of Family Psychology. The study was co-authored by Proulx and Linley Snyder-Rivas, who is an alumna of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.
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