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Journal Article

Declining Health and Marital Quality

Alan Booth and David R. Johnson
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Feb., 1994), pp. 218-223
DOI: 10.2307/352716
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352716
Page Count: 6
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Declining Health and Marital Quality
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Abstract

Using a national sample of 1,298 married persons, we examined the effect of a change in health over a 3-year period on shifts in marital quality. The analysis suggests that decrements in health have an adverse influence on marital quality. Changes in financial circumstances, shifts in the division of household labor, declines in marital activities, and the problematic behavior of the afflicted individual account for much of the health-marital quality relationship.

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