Marriage, Social Control, and Health Behavior: A Dyadic Analysis of Same-sex and Different-sex Couples

Debra Umberson, Rachel Donnelly, Amanda M. Pollitt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

42 Scopus citations

Abstract

Prior research based on studies of heterosexual populations suggests that men’s health benefits more from marriage than women’s, in part because women do more than men to influence the health habits of their spouse. We extend this work by using dyadic survey data from 838 spouses in 419 gay, lesbian, and heterosexual marriages to consider differences in social control tactics across same-sex and different-sex couples—that is, how spouses monitor and regulate each other’s health habits. Results suggest that although gender differences in social control are common, gendered patterns sometimes differ depending on whether one is in a same-sex or different-sex marriage. Results also point to the importance of health habits as strong drivers of relationship dynamics across gay and lesbian as well as heterosexual marriages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-446
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Health and Social Behavior
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • gay and lesbian
  • health behavior
  • marriage
  • same-sex marriage
  • social control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Marriage, Social Control, and Health Behavior: A Dyadic Analysis of Same-sex and Different-sex Couples'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this