Associations between self-rated physical Health and relationship satisfaction in couples with children

Katherine J.W. Baucom, Jill Giresi, Richard E. Heyman, Amy M.Smith Slep

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Abstract

The degree to which individual self-rated physical health and concordance of self-rated physical health between partners are associated with relationship satisfaction was examined in a community sample of 399 couples with children. Couples completed self-report assessments of physical health (general health and physical functioning) and relationship satisfaction. Results suggest unique associations between partners’ general health and their own relationship satisfaction. Further, higher between-partner concordance in physical functioning was uniquely associated with higher relationship satisfaction in women. Understanding associations between health and relationship processes is crucial and has implications for future research on couple-based interventions to promote physical health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • couples
  • cross-sectional analysis
  • health concordance
  • health promotion
  • health status
  • middle-aged
  • parents
  • physical function
  • physical health
  • relationship quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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