Does the Association Between Marital Status and Health Vary by Sex, Race, and Ethnicity?
The authors analyze the two-year prospective relationship between marital status and health - mortality, chronic conditions, functional status, self-rated health, and depressive symptoms - in midlife. The authors find no evidence that marriage is more strongly associated with health among men and women. They find that prior health selection accounts for half of the prospective relationship between marital status and health and that initial differences in socioeconomic status account for the rest of these effects. The authors find some evidence that the association between marital status and health among women varies between blacks and whites and for men varies between non-whites and whites.
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