The contribution of intermediary factors to marital status differences in self-reported health

IMA Joung*, K Stronks, H vandeMheen, FWA vanPoppel, JBW vanderMeer, JP Mackenbach

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to estimate the relative contributions of psychosocial conditions, material circumstances, and health behaviors to differences in physical and mental health by marital status. Data on 3,510 Dutch persons who were part of the GLOBE study, aged 25-74 years, are used. Multiple logistic regression models show that never-married, divorced, and widowed men have higher morbidity rates than married men. For women, the health differences are almost solely due to excess morbidity among divorced women. We found that psychosocial conditions contributed most to the explanation of morbidity differences among men (25%-50%), but material circumstances contributed most among women (50%-100%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-490
JournalJournal of Marriage and the Family
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • health behaviors
  • marital status
  • material circumstances
  • psychosocial factors
  • self-reported health
  • social causation
  • DIVORCED WOMEN
  • MORTALITY
  • MEN
  • SELECTION
  • MARRIAGE
  • SUPPORT
  • BEREAVEMENT
  • DISRUPTION
  • GENDER
  • DEATH

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