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Gay and Lesbian Couples More Likely to Mutually Influence Each Other's Health Habits

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News Medical
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June 12, 2012
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Women bear the brunt of being the health police in straight marriages, but gay and lesbian couples are more likely to mutually influence each other’s health habits - for better or for worse. The findings are reported in the June issue of the journal, Social Science & Medicine.

Researchers Corinne Reczek, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of sociology, and Debra Umberson, professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, followed 20 long-term heterosexual marriages as well as 15 long-term gay and 15 long-term lesbian partnerships in the United States. Their findings reflected previous research that in heterosexual marriages, women put more effort into encouraging good health habits for their spouses.