Toward an Understanding of Gender Differences in the Impact of Marital Conflict on Health

  title={Toward an Understanding of Gender Differences in the Impact of Marital Conflict on Health},
  author={Rebekah A. Wanic and James A. Kulik},
  journal={Sex Roles},
The present paper addresses the consistent finding that men derive more benefit from marriage in terms of both morbidity and mortality compared to women in U. S. society. Based on the evidence that spousal conflict adversely influences physiology and health, with greater negative impact on wives compared to husbands, we propose that the stronger impact of relationship negativity contributes to the decreased marriage benefit for women. Evidence bearing on two explanations for this differential… 

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