Marriage, Romantic Relationships, and Health

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Romantic relationships, particularly marriage, have beneficial, and at times, detrimental effects on health. Current research on the topic has focused on the physiological, psychological, and social factors that account for how and why romantic relationships are related to health. Research in this area also has focused on the role that relationships status, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical health conditions play in whether romantic relationships are related to better (or worse) health. Findings from this line of work have the potential to impact intervention efforts that involve both members of a relationship to enhance physical, psychological, and relational well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Age
  • Cohabitation
  • Companionship
  • Dating
  • Divorce
  • Gender differences
  • Health behaviors
  • Health-related social control
  • Marriage
  • Physical health
  • Romantic relationships
  • Same-sex relationships
  • Social support
  • Widowhood

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