Gender and Protection
-Marriage more protective of men’s health than of women’s
-Differences in social support provided and received
-Women lose financially though loss of husband
-Men lose more emotional support through loss of wife (wives get
emotional support from friends)
-Women tend to be healthier than men, fewer risky behaviors to change
-Men tend to function differently than woman when it comes to social
support. Women call girl friends to talk about problems. Men go out and
talk about problems over beer.
Wife has problems = might not talk to husband Quality continued
-social strain hypothesis: “not only do unfulfilling marriages fail to
protect the individuals involved but can also impede the well-being of
the marriage partners”
-Being with a wrong individual, may cause stress or hurt you.
-Positive quality (e.g. marital harmony, marital satisfaction) is
associated with higher levels of well-being across the life course.
-For men, this reduces risky behaviors
-Positive quality is related to phys