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Interpersonal Relationships and HealthSocial and Clinical Psychological Mechanisms$
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Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.001.0001

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Divorce and Health Outcomes

Divorce and Health Outcomes

From Social Epidemiology to Social Psychophysiology

(p.89) Chapter 4 Divorce and Health Outcomes
Interpersonal Relationships and Health

David A. Sbarra

Widyasita Nojopranoto

Karen Hasselmo

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews research on divorce and physical health outcomes across multiple levels of analyses. The chapter begins with a focus on (macro-level) research in the area of social epidemiology and reports on studies demonstrating that marital separation and divorce are associated with increased risk for all-cause morbidity and mortality. The chapter then focuses on (micro-level) research in the area of social psychophysiology and reports on studies that investigate the plausible mechanisms through which the health risks of marital separation may be conveyed. The chapter concludes with an outline of how future research can integrate the strengths of these broad areas of study and how these strengths can be leveraged to better understand precisely why marital separation and divorce are associated with ill health.

Keywords:   divorce, marital separation, relationships, health, epidemiology, psychophysiology, immunology, mediators, moderators, resilience

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