Work, marriage, and health behaviors of African American working couples

K. A.S. Wickrama, Florensia F. Surjadi, Chalandra M. Bryant

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Abstract

Using a sample of 379 African American working husbands and wives, this study examined a unique link between work and marital experiences on health-promoting behaviors. Results of the dyadic model show that husbands' and wives' control over work are directly associated with husbands' and wives' health-promoting behaviors, respectively, after taking into account the dependencies between husbands and wives. The results of the dyadic model also show that husbands' and wives' control over work are indirectly associated with husbands' and wives' health behaviors through their perceived marital integrations. By understanding how work control and marital integration combine to influence both husbands' and wives' health behaviors, programs that promote healthy behaviors can be better designed and more effectively implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-531
Number of pages13
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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