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Date:1/11/2013

eed to read about this research with a mindful eye."

On that point, Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, chair of medicine and a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State University, confirmed that gender differences when it comes to marriage's effect on health are "sizeable."

"The reasons appear to be related to women's larger social networks," she said. "Women are more likely than men to have a large and diverse group of friends and relatives with whom they share and feel close to. For men, the wife is typically the primary person who serves as a confidant, so that it is often true that a man without a partner has no confidant."

The association seen between marriage and survival in this study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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For more on life expectancy, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Markie Blumer, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., assistant professor, marriage and family therapy program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D., chair, medicine, and professor, psychiatry and psychology, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Jan. 10, 2013, Annals of Behavioral Medicine


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