Getting out of a bad relationship is good for health
While high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health for young people, faster they get out of low-quality relationships, the better their health, says a new study.
“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,” said one of the researchers Ashley Barr, Assistant Professor at University at Buffalo.
The findings were published in the Journal of Family Psychology. Younger people today are waiting longer to get married than those in previous generations.
During this period, they are moving in and out of relationships. “Much of the research literature focuses on relationships and health in the context of marriage,” Barr said. “The majority of our respondents were not married. But relationships are still impactful to health, for better or for worse,” she noted. Using the Iowa Youth and Families Project, Barr found that about one-third of the sample experienced relatively large changes in their relationships over a two-year period.
“We took into account satisfaction, partner hostility, questions, kindness, affection and commitment,” Barr explained. The study showed that the the longer people are in high-quality relationships, or the faster they get out of lowquality relationships, the better their health.