Mental and physical health consequences of spousal health shocks among older adults

TitleMental and physical health consequences of spousal health shocks among older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsValle, G, Weeks, JA, Taylor, MG, Eberstein, IW
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume25
Issue7
Pagination1121-42
KeywordsDemographics, Health Conditions and Status
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine how the experience of a negative health event (i.e., onset of heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, cancer, or stroke) of one spouse affects the mental and physical well-being of the other partner as measured by depressive symptoms and self-reported health. METHODS: We employ latent growth curve analysis and examine adults 50 using six waves of data (1998-2008) from the Health and Retirement Study. RESULTS: One spouse's health shock affects the health of the other partner. Results indicate that a spouse's onset of a severe health condition worsens the mental health of women and the self-reported health of men. DISCUSSION: These findings illustrate that the family context of spouses is important to consider when examining health.

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DOI10.1177/0898264313494800
Endnote Keywords

Depression/Gender differences/Health shocks/Self-reported health

Endnote ID

69192

Citation Key7877