Marital status, relationship distress, and self-rated health: what role for 'sleep problems'?

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Authors

Robert Meadows and Sara Arber

Publication date

Summary

This paper analyzes data from a nationally representative survey of
adults in the United Kingdom (Understanding Society, N = 37,253) to
explore the marital status/health nexus (using categories that include a
measure of relationship distress) and to assess the role that sleep
problems play as a potential mediator. Findings indicate how it is not
just the "form" marital status takes but also the absence or presence of
relationship distress that is essential to self-rated health. We
demonstrate two further findings that: (1) sleep problems act as a
mediator of the link between marital status/relationship distress and
self-rated health, most notably for those in cohabiting relationships
with medium/high distress or who have a history of relationship loss,
and (2) the mediating role of sleep problems differs for divorced men
and women. (© American Sociological Association 2015.)

Volume and page numbers

56, 341-355

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022146515593948

ISSN

16

Subjects

Family Formation And Dissolution, Well Being and Health

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