Relationships, romantic relationships, partners, physical health, mental health, physical and mental health
This study tested the hypothesis that, analogous to married individuals, college students in committed romantic relationships experience greater well-being than single college students. In a sample of 1,621 college students, individuals in committed relationships experienced fewer mental health problems and were less likely to be overweight/obese. There were no significant differences between groups in frequency of physical health problems. Examination of 2 models suggested that being in a committed romantic relationship decreases problematic outcomes largely through a reduction in sexual partners, which in turn decreases both risky behaviors and problematic outcomes. These results are discussed in the context of how premarital dating relationships may contribute to understanding of the observed association between marriage and well-being.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Braithwaite, Scott R.; Delevi, Raquel; and Fincham, Frank, "Romantic relationships and the physical and mental health of college students" (2010). Faculty Publications. 6004.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences