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The effects of marital dissolution and marital quality on health and health service use among women.

Authors
  • Prigerson, H G
  • Maciejewski, P K
  • Rosenheck, R A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical Care
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1999
Volume
37
Issue
9
Pages
858–873
Identifiers
PMID: 10493465
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Marital dissolution increases the risk for mental and physical health problems, some of which emerge only among women who had harmonious marriages. Marital harmony appears protective against physician visits. Widows should be encouraged to seek help for their health difficulties. Separated women should be counseled that they are at heightened risk for increased alcohol consumption. Divorced and separated women appear to seek help for emotional problems, over and above depressive symptoms.

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