Relationships and Your Health

Are you better off being single or in a relationship? Well, that depends……according to a new study in the Journal of Family Psychology.

From the report:

“It’s not being in a relationship that matters; it’s being in a long-term, high-quality relationship that’s beneficial. Low-quality relationships are detrimental to health. The findings suggest that it’s better for health to be single than to be in a low-quality relationship.”

Researchers looked at how the quality of relationships during the transition into adulthood affects health. According to Science Daily:

“For young people entering adulthood, high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health. Health benefits begin to accrue relatively quickly with high-quality relationships and supportive contexts,” says Ashley Barr, assistant professor in the University of Buffalo’s Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. “And then we see detrimental effects from low-quality relationships — particularly, those low-quality relationships that last a long time.”

Below are a few of the headlines we found based on the results of the research.

  • Good news for singletons! It’s better for your health to be alone than trapped in an unhappy relationship ~ Daily Mail

    For Young Adults, Good Relationships Tend to Mean Better Health ~

  • Relationships can be good (or bad) for your health ~

Simply put….it appears that being in a good relationship and getting out of a bad one are both important to your overall health!

Let us know what you think about this latest report. Getting your feedback on new information that focuses on both our physical and mental health is important to our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!




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