Romantic relationships and health: An examination of individuals' perceptions of their romantic partners' influences on their health

Charlotte N. Markey, Patrick M. Markey, Heather Fishman Gray

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Abstract

This study examines individuals' perceptions of the impact their significant others have on their health and the extent to which these perceptions are associated with relationship quality and actual health. Two-hundred and ten participants (105 U.S. couples; mean age∈=∈24.93) completed measures of their relationship quality and health along with an open-ended measure asking them to indicate how they felt their partner influenced their health. Results indicated that participants perceived their romantic partners to be primarily positive health influences, women believed their partners were more influential than did men, and eating and physical activity behaviors were believed to be most affected by partners. Participants' relationship quality and health were associated with their reports of their perceived partners' health influences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-445
Number of pages11
JournalSex Roles
Volume57
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Keywords

  • Gender differences
  • Health
  • Romantic relationships
  • Social influences on health

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