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Don't fear negative health consequences from divorce

Most Colorado residents are aware that there are significant health benefits associated with being married. A number of studies have supported this belief, and researchers find that married people are often happier and healthier than those who are single or those who have gone through divorce. One recent study takes a closer look at the matter, and the results suggest that simply being married may not be enough; the quality of the union may also have an impact on health.

The study focused on the responses that married participants gave when asked to rate the quality of their bonds with their husbands or wives. Spouses were asked how supported they felt by their partners, in good times and in bad. Nearly three-quarters of spouses shared that they only felt supported some of the time. Those marriages were classified as "ambivalent."

Next, researchers looked at the blood pressure levels of respondents. Those who reported living in ambivalent marriages were more likely to have elevated blood pressure levels than those who felt that they were always supported by their partners. This suggests that it is not simply one's marital status that has an impact on his or her health; it is also the level of contentment that a spouse has that can lead to positive health benefits.

Many Colorado spouses have considered ending their marriages. For some, fears about the potential ill effects of such moves cause them to hesitate. Research such as this may help those spouses feel more confident in their decisions to file for divorces. In an interesting twist, a study that focuses on ambivalent marriage may help spouses come to conclusions about divorce.  

Source:, "Harrop: Does not tying the knot tie people in knots?", Froma Harrop, Dec. 28, 2015

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