Thursday, February 17, 2011

The findings aren’t likely to surprise anyone who is married. It can be pretty tough to escape the blues when your spouses is down or depressed, (as we discussed recently on the blog.) However, the study sheds light for couples and for health-care and mental-health professionals on how one partner’s well-being might shape the other partner’s health over time. It also could help couples understand what is happening when they hit the emotional skids.

Researchers on the study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, gathered self-reported happiness ratings from 178 couples at seven-year intervals over as long as 35 years, then compared them with random pairs of men and women in the same sample who weren’t married to each other. The ratings were based on participants’ responses to a request to rate their life so far on a five-point scale ranging from “very happy” to “very unhappy.”
Researchers found “sizeable spousal similarities both in reports of happiness and in how happiness changed over time,” says the study, by Christiane A. Hoppmann, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and others.

from Huffpo

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