Relationships Matter: Progress and Challenges in Research on the Health Effects of Intimate Relationships.

Abstract:

:Social connections play an important role in health and disease and provide opportunities for clinical and public health interventions. Marriage and similar intimate relationships play a central role in the potential health benefits of positive social connections. This editorial provides an integrative perspective on three papers in this issue of Psychosomatic Medicine that examine intimate relationships and health and illustrates the application of current areas in relationship science. The importance of integrated conceptual models and statistical techniques to disentangle common third factors and overlapping constructs are highlighted, as well as the need for a multi-method approach that goes beyond self-report questionnaires. This editorial concludes with a summary of biobehavioral and psychological mechanisms and directions for future research.

journal_name

Psychosom Med

journal_title

Psychosomatic medicine

authors

Smith TW

doi

10.1097/PSY.0000000000000660

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2019-01-01 00:00:00

pages

2-6

issue

1

eissn

0033-3174

issn

1534-7796

pii

00006842-201901000-00002

journal_volume

81

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