Bad Marriages and Health

Ironically Sunday’s paper carried an article “bad marriages a health hazard” by health write Clair Weaver. Below is a summary of it.

“Couples who are trapped in a bad marriage are more likely to have heart attacks and die early, according to research that highlights the dire physical consequences of troubled relationships.

Those in the worst marital strife have been found to be 34 per cent more likely to develop heart disease than people in good partnerships. Experts attribute this to stress.

 The study of more than 9000 mostly married British adults, published in the archives of Internal Medicine last week found the quality of marriage was the most important factor.

It comes in the wake of research revealing women who stay silent and bottle up their  feelings during marital disputed have a much greater risk of dying than wives who let rip and express themselves.

But for men, being married is the most important factor in maintaining good health and avoiding early death regardless of arguments.

Other close relationships such as friends and relatives were also found to be crucial in avoiding heart disease and early death.

The Australian Family Association said the study might be limited in its usefulness because it compared bad marriages only to good ones, rather than people who were single, never married or divorced.”

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3 comments so far

  1. R on

    How does the study conclude that bad marriages are the cause of stress and not vice versa…

  2. Azrael on

    But for men, being married is the most important factor in maintaining good health and avoiding early death regardless of arguments.

    Huh??? That ain’t right. It’s the other way round 😀

  3. mia on

    Azrael,I too thought,that statement was strange. Perhaps there were reasons that were not published.

    R,
    The article was too basic. Didn’t go in depth.


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