Marriage makes you healthier – unless you are a heterosexual woman

Marriage makes you healthier because your partner encourages you to get good insurance and regular checks, shows new research.

Gay and lesbian couples are the best to encourage each other to go to the doctor, according to the study.

When it comes to heterosexual couples, women are the ones who encourage their husbands to care for their health (usually in "coercive ways" & # 39; few men do the same for their wives.

The research at Ohio State University shows how marriage benefits the population, but suggests that work is needed to make heterosexual men think about their health and the health of their partner.

A new study highlights how marriage benefits the population, but suggests that work is needed to make heterosexual men think about their health and the health of their partner.

The study was led by Dr. Corinne Reczek, Associate Professor of Sociology of the State of Ohio, who for many years studied how family dynamics, gender and sexuality can affect health.

Her team conducted in-depth interviews with 90 homosexual, lesbian and heterosexual partners in midlife to find out if and how they encourage each other to undergo health checks.

& # 39; Our findings demonstrate the ways in which spouses are central to supporting and forcing each other to obtain medical care and how these patterns are gendered, "said the authors.

Encouraging each other to carry out controls is more important in the US than many other developed countries, because there is no universal health care and the saturated insurance plans market can be confusing.

Being in a family and discussing the riddle makes it easier.

But it is clear that the dynamics are skewed.

Reczek & # 39; s study included several reports from interviewees.

When it came to heterosexual couples, most of them reinforced the standard that most heterosexual couples can relate to.

They discovered that women often take the lead when it comes to health. For example, a 55-year-old man named Curtis told the researchers that his wife Annette, 59, & # 39; the listmaker & # 39; is that says & # 39; it's time for this, it's time for this & # 39 ;.

They also found that men in the back seat took place, like Nick, 53, whose wife Peg, 52, said she reminds him, but & # 39;[h]That usually does not remember me, & adds; & # 39; I do not know if he would remember that. & # 39;

But it was never easy to bring their husband to the doctor.

When it came to homosexual couples, the opposite was true. Most of them seemed to follow the health of another equally. And most of the homosexual couples they talked with believed that their partner had to thank for their good health.

It is a cultural trope that has been played out for generations and that constantly fascinates psychologists and doctors: why do not men care about their health or their partner?

Dr. Michael Kochman, gastroenterologist at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, told WHYY that he believes it's because men think they're invincible & # 39; and do not want to appear weak.

We are the men of the house and many consider it the truth because they are busy and it is a sign of weakness to go to a doctor, even if someone is feeling well & # 39 ;, said Dr. Kochman.

Psychotherapist William Berry reiterates that in a recent article he wrote for Psychology Today.

He explains that there is a tendency for the male partner to become the child in the relationship, while his female partner becomes the mother.

& # 39; People respond to this subject as if it were a common phenomenon that most people are aware of. Yet many couples continue to fall into this trap and few people know how it could happen, "he writes.

So how do we get out?

It is not easy, Berry says.

& # 39; Recognizing the cause of this behavior is not enough & # 39 ;, he says.

& # 39; People do not have to accept these roles and can become aware of this and change them before the relationship is damaged.

Men may be more inclined to be more playful, and women to be more maternal, but with knowledge of the roots of these motivations, partners can have a better understanding, compassion and dialogue. & # 39;