Marriage, romantic relationships, and health

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Romantic relationships, particularly marital relationships, have beneficial, and at times detrimental, effects on physical and mental health. Current research 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 romantic couples to enhance physical, psychological, and relational well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323914987
ISBN (Print)9780323914970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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


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