Get­ting out of a bad re­la­tion­ship is good for health

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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.

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