Marriage Counseling Naples – Physical Health and Marriage

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Marriage Counseling Naples – Physical Health and Marriage

The following article is an edited, slimmed down version of a longer piece that can be found in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, under the title, “Marriage and Health.”   Here are some of the findings that marriage counseling naples would like you to know.

Marriage and health are closely related.  This is well recognized according to marriage counseling naples.  Married people experience lower morbidity and mortality across such diverse health threats as cancer, heart attacks, and surgery.

Beyond marriage, social relationships more broadly have a powerful impact on health. A meta-analysis of 148 studies found that those with stronger social relationships had a 50% lower risk of all-cause mortality. Conversely, loneliness is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. Little work has directly compared the health impacts of marriage compared to those of non-romantic relationships, such as connections with friends or colleagues.  However, there are several reasons why marriage may exert a greater health impact than other relationships, even other cohabiting relationships: married couples spend time together during a wide variety of activities, such as eating, leisure, housekeeping, child-care and sleep. Spouses also share resources and investments such as joint finances or home-ownership. Relative to other relationships, the increased interdependence of marriage serves as a source for more intense support.

The health benefits of marriage are a result of both selection and protection effects. People with better health, more resources, and less stress are more likely to marry, and marriage brings resources, and social support. The health benefits of marriage persist even after controlling for selection effects, indicating that being married is protective of health.

Research on marriage and health is part of the broader study of the benefits of social relationships. Social ties provide people with a sense of identity, purpose, belonging and support. Two main models describe how social support influences health.  (marriage counseling naples agrees).  The “main-effects model” proposes that social support is good for one’s health, regardless of whether or not one is under stress. The “stress-buffering model” proposes that social support acts as a buffer against the negative effects of stress occurring outside the relationship. Both models have received empirical support, depending on how social support is conceptualized and measured.

While simply being married is associated on average with better health, the health impacts of marriage are affected by marital quality. High marital quality is typically characterized as high self-reported satisfaction with the relationship, generally positive attitudes toward one’s spouse, and low levels of hostile and negative behavior. Conversely, low marital quality is characterized as low self-reported satisfaction with the relationship, generally negative attitudes toward one’s spouse, and high levels of hostile and negative behavior. A troubled marriage is a significant source of stress, and limits one’s ability to seek support from other relationships…. A meta-analysis of 126 studies found that greater marital quality is related to better health, with effect sizes comparable to those of health behaviors such as diet and exercise.

Much more can be added notes marriage counseling naples.  Suffice it to say, a healthy marriage makes for healthier people.

If you reside in Southwest Florida, that is, in the cities of Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs FL and need help with your marriage, contact Dr. Ken Newberger. View his alternative approach to traditional marriage counseling.  Go to www.MarriageCounselingAlt.com.  Or, call him directly for a brief discussion about your situation without charge.

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