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Long-Term Partner Lowers Risk of Death during Mid-Life

New research suggests a lasting relationship reduces the risk of premature death during mid-life.

Ilene Siegler, Ph.D., and colleagues from Duke University Medical Center studied the role of marriage history and timing of marriage on premature death during midlife. The researchers also explored the role of premarital personality and the role of health behaviors on premature death.

Investigators discovered not having a permanent partner, or spouse, during midlife is linked to a higher risk of premature death during those midlife years.

Research findings are published online in Springer’s journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

In the study, researchers analyzed data for 4,802 individuals who took part in the University of North Carolina Alumni Heart Study (UNCAHS), an ongoing study of individuals born in the 1940s.

The authors were particularly interested in stability and change in patterns of marital and non-marital status during midlife, controlling for personality at college entry (average age 18), socioeconomic status and health risk behaviors.

They found that having a partner during middle age is protective against premature death: those who never married were more than twice as likely to die early than those who had been in a stable marriage throughout their adult life.

Investigators found that being single, or losing a partner without replacement, increased the risk of early death during middle age and reduced the likelihood that one would survive to be elderly. Even when personality and risky behaviors were taken into account, marital status continued to have a major impact on survival.

The authors conclude: “Our results suggest that attention to non-marital patterns of partnership is likely to become more important for these Baby Boomers.

“These patterns appear to provide different levels of emotional and functional social support, which has been shown to be related to mortality. Social ties during midlife are important to help us understand premature mortality.”

Source: Springer

Long-Term Partner Lowers Risk of Death during Mid-Life

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Long-Term Partner Lowers Risk of Death during Mid-Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2013/01/11/long-term-partner-lowers-risk-of-death-during-mid-life/50269.html

 

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