Aug 03, 2009

Divorce Not Conducive to Good Health

It seems that divorce is not only stressful and difficult in the short term--according to a New York Times article about a new study, both divorce and the death of a spouse can have long lasting negative health effects.

It's long been known that married people are healthier than non-married people, but this University of Chicago study concludes that losing a spouse can contribute to health problems that last for the rest of a person's life and aren't mitigated by remarrying. In fact, the never-married people ended up healthier than those who married and then lost a spouse to death or divorce.

On the other hand, it's not healthy to stay in a bad marriage, either. An Ohio State study about the effects of marital strife on healing showed that after an argument, physical wounds took longer to heal.