Bad Marriages Take Health Toll on Women
Study Shows Marital Discord Hurts Women's Physical Health More Than Men's
Are Bad Marriages More Stressful for Women?
Henry says the gender difference they found is important because heart
disease is the biggest killer of women, as well as men, and "we are still
learning a lot about how relationship factors and emotional distress are
related to heart disease."
Smith, who is heading a larger University of Utah study on the role of marriage quality in heart
disease, says it's too soon to conclude that stress may make women more
vulnerable to physical problems than men, but that's what this latest research
However, he adds, "it's a little premature to say they would lower their
risk of heart disease if they improved the tone and quality of their marriages,
or dumped their husbands."
Other studies, he says, are trying to determine whether improving marriage
might boost the health of marital partners.