This feminist-informed study examined the ability of the Biobehavioral Family Model (BBFM; Wood, 1993) to explain connections between heterosexual couple processes, health, and the influence of gender attitudes and beliefs. The sample consisted of 595 adults in romantic relationships. Results demonstrated some support for the BBFM in explaining health quality. Romantic partner emotional climate was positively associated with biobehavioral reactivity, and gender attitudes and beliefs were significantly associated with biobehavioral reactivity and disease activity. Applying the BBFM and incorporating gender through a feminist lens demonstrates ways by which couple processes affect individuals’ health, which has significant implications for couple therapy.
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- Couples therapy
- feminist family therapy
- mental health
- physical health