Marital satisfaction and depression as predictors of physical health status

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Investigated the multiple correlation between physical health status and a set of marriage-related “predictor” variables. Family practice physicians provided a sample of 104 married couples (average age, 30 yrs). Marital satisfaction, depression, number of visits to physician, and educational level were among the set of cross-validated “predictors” of reported physical health status. The correlation between physical health status (the Cornell Medical Index) and depression (Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale) was significantly greater for wives than husbands. For wives, marital satisfaction (Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test) and depression were related primarily through the uncontrolled variance in physical health status, whereas for husbands a significant relationship between marital satisfaction and depression remained for husbands when physical health status was partialed out. (17 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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