Short-term functional health and well-being after marital separation: does initiator status make a difference?

Hewitt, Belinda and Turrell, Gavin 2011, Short-term functional health and well-being after marital separation: does initiator status make a difference?, American journal of epidemiology, vol. 173, no. 11, pp. 1308-1318, doi: 10.1093/aje/kwr007.

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Title Short-term functional health and well-being after marital separation: does initiator status make a difference?
Author(s) Hewitt, Belinda
Turrell, GavinORCID iD for Turrell, Gavin
Journal name American journal of epidemiology
Volume number 173
Issue number 11
Start page 1308
End page 1318
Total pages 11
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2011-06-01
ISSN 0002-9262
Keyword(s) Adult
Health Status
Mental Health
Middle Aged
Sex Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
family health
longitudinal studies
marital status
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Summary The authors investigated the health consequences of marital separation and whether the partners who initiated the separation had better health than those who did not. The data came from the Households, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) panel study (2001-2007), comprising an analytic sample of 1,786 men and 2,068 women who were in their first marriages in 2001. For participants who separated, the authors distinguished between self-initiated, partner-initiated, and jointly initiated separations. Using linear random-intercept models, they examined scores on the 8 physical and mental health dimensions of Short Form 36, with scale scores ranging from 0 to 100. The results indicated that in general, men who separated had a decline in health, although this was more pronounced for mental dimensions than for physical dimensions. Among separated men, those whose partner initiated the separation had poorer mental health than those for whom the separation was self-initiated or jointly initiated (-4.61). Women's physical health improved with separation, but their mental health declined. For separated women, those whose partner initiated the separation had lower scores on the general health (-5.39), role-emotional (-11.08), and mental health (-7.18) scales than women who self-initiated separation. The health consequences of separation were less severe for self- or jointly initiated separations, suggesting that not all marital dissolutions are equally bad for health.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/aje/kwr007
Field of Research 11 Medical And Health Sciences
01 Mathematical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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