The Impact of Marital Conflict on Health and Health Care Utilization in Older Couples
health care utilization, marital quality
This study tested the hypothesis that marital distress has a significant effect on health care utilization for older couples. Results from 536 intact couples in long term marriages showed men in dissatisfying marriages are more likely to utilize health care services; women in satisfying marriages are more likely to use health care services. There were no significant partner effects of marital quality on health problems or health care utilization. The association between husbands' marital quality and wives' health care utilization approached significance. Implications for future research and clinical practice, including gender differences, are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Sandberg*, J.G, Harper*, J.M., & Miller*, R.M, Robila, M., Davey, A. (2009). The impact of marital conflict on health and health care utilization in older couples. Journal of Health Psychology, 14(9), 9-17 (*equal authorship).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sandberg, Jonathan G.; Miller, Richard B.; Harper, James M.; Robila, Mihaela; and Davey, Adam, "The Impact of Marital Conflict on Health and Health Care Utilization in Older Couples" (2009). All Faculty Publications. 2443.
Journal of Health Psychology
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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