Losses with your parents, siblings or even distant cousins ​​can be more harmful to your health than a fight with your partner, researchers say

Family problems & # 39; are worse for your long-term health & # 39; then argue with your partner

  • The greater the family strain, the greater the chance of chronic disorders
  • Researchers did not find the same effect with romantic relationship problems
  • They theorize because relationships end and people move on

They say that blood is thicker than water – and now researchers have found evidence to support the old saying.

Arguing with your parents, brothers and sisters or distant cousins ​​can harm your health more than arguing with your partner, a study found.

Data showed that people over 45 whose relationships with family members were tense were at greater risk of having a stroke, back pain and headache.

However, breaking off a romantic relationship did not have the same harmful effects.


Losses with your parents, siblings or even distant cousins ​​can be more harmful to your health than a fight with your partner, researchers say

Losses with your parents, siblings or even distant cousins ​​can be more harmful to your health than a fight with your partner, researchers say

Academics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center followed 2,802 participants for two decades. They all conducted surveys to inquire about their relationships and health.

Questions included & # 39; How often do family members criticize you? & # 39; And & # 39; How much can you [your family] rely on for help? & # 39 ;.

They also received the question & # 39; How often does your partner or partner argue with you? & # 39; And & # 39; How much does your spouse or partner value you? & # 39;

Health was measured as & # 39; morbidity & # 39 ;, based on the number of chronic conditions of participants in the past year. The newspaper did not state what this was all about.

Participants also assessed their overall health on a scale from zero to five, from excellent to poor, during each of the three surveys.



We are social beings – in the past we have always lived in packs and groups and in today's world with pressure and demands, it is healthy to have a sounding board to share the ups and downs of the day.

In 2010, the World Health Organization discovered that marriage can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety and that singles are more likely to suffer from the blues than those who are married.

Last year Aston Medical School in Birmingham published the details of a 13-year study of one million participants and concluded that getting married is better for your health than being single. Married people are less likely to die of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The researchers cited that a reason for better health was the encouragement that their partner received to eat healthily, exercise adequately and take their medication. Perhaps not surprisingly, men did even better than women.

Source: Dr. Jen Nash, clinical psychologist


Dr. Sarah Woods and team found a connection between a larger family relationship and the morbidity 10 years later.

For comparison: there were no significant effects of intimate partner relationships on health outcomes.

Dr. Woods said: & # 39; We were frankly astonished that there were no associations between an intimate emotional partner climate and later health. & # 39;

The authors theorized that the lack of health problems caused by the breakup of a romantic relationship is because people continue after they break up.

When discussing their findings, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, they also said it could be because your family has known it for a long time.


Dr. Patrician Roberson, co-author of the study, said: “The vast majority of people in the study had living parents or brothers and sisters.

& # 39; Their relationship with a spouse or intimate partner was therefore less likely as long as that of their family members.

& # 39; Therefore, the emotional intensity of these relationships can be greater, so much so that people experience an effect on their health and well-being. & # 39;

Adults who already have chronic conditions can deteriorate their health due to a negative family environment.

Dr. Woods said: & I therefore encourage patients to take supporting family members to their doctor's visits and to initiate open dialogue about their health problems and concerns.


& # 39; That support definitely has a significant effect on the quality of life and well-being. & # 39;

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