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Journal Article

Partnership transitions and mental distress: investigating temporal order

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Publication date

2008

Abstract

The study uses 15 waves of the British Household Panel Survey and the General Health Questionnaire to investigate changes in mental distress over several years surrounding transitions both into and out of marital partnerships (marriages and cohabitations) using fixed effects models. Entering marital partnerships is associated with reduced distress in separated or divorced individuals but not with those not previously married. Partnership dissolution is associated with very high levels of distress, but most people experience levels of distress a few years after leaving a partnership similar to that of a few years before leaving. These results vary, however, between married and cohabiting individuals, between fathers and mothers, and between age and gender groups.

Published in

Journal of Marriage and the Family

Volume

70 (4):879-890

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00533.x

Subjects

Family Formation And Dissolution and Well Being

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1585092~S5

Notes

Web of Knowledge alert; Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to Univ. Essex registered users*

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