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Associations between Romantic Relationships, Relationship Quality, and Mental Health among African American Young Adults

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This paper adds to the literature on the association between romantic partnerships and mental health. We examine the association between relationship type and quality and three mental health outcomes (depression, alcohol use, and self-esteem) and do so using a panel data set consisting of African Americans who were between the ages of 22 and 25 in 2010. We examine evidence in support of two major arguments: the marriage benefit argument and the relationship benefit argument. We find that the specific types of romantic relationships in which respondents were involved are not associated with mental health outcomes but, rather, that the quality of the relationship is the most important factor. Further, we find that in some cases, women receive fewer mental health benefits from their relationships than do men. Overall, the results suggest that romantic relationships of all types can be beneficial for mental health.

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Granberg, Ellen. and Edmond, Mary. "Associations between Romantic Relationships, Relationship Quality, and Mental Health among African American Young Adults" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY, Aug 09, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p650566_index.html>

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Granberg, E. M. and Edmond, M. E. , 2013-08-09 "Associations between Romantic Relationships, Relationship Quality, and Mental Health among African American Young Adults" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p650566_index.html

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Abstract: This paper adds to the literature on the association between romantic partnerships and mental health. We examine the association between relationship type and quality and three mental health outcomes (depression, alcohol use, and self-esteem) and do so using a panel data set consisting of African Americans who were between the ages of 22 and 25 in 2010. We examine evidence in support of two major arguments: the marriage benefit argument and the relationship benefit argument. We find that the specific types of romantic relationships in which respondents were involved are not associated with mental health outcomes but, rather, that the quality of the relationship is the most important factor. Further, we find that in some cases, women receive fewer mental health benefits from their relationships than do men. Overall, the results suggest that romantic relationships of all types can be beneficial for mental health.


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