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Healthy Implications of Divorce on The Women and Their Children

Relating to the article published in a Journal of marriage and family relating issues, by Robert H.R Hetherington  from 1992 to 2000, nearly 10,000 men and women from 50 to 60 age range were given  interviews and talks percpectives bi-anually. The results bear out that the females in the whether divorced, widowed or re-married again were more prone to cardiovascular disease than the male sex genders in particular..

Science reveals  that after 60 years, 33% of those women divorced, 30% of those widowed and 315 of those re-married were suffering from some hefty cardiovascular problems. As compared to 22% of women who remained married to the same partner. These exact physical risks were not readily arranged for divorced males - only 20% of divorced or widowed males demonstrated any health related risks.

Below are some notes to be considered

  • The Life expectancy for divorced men and women are lower than for married people (who have the longest life expectancy).
  • A recent study found those who were unhappy but stay married were more likely to be happy seven years later than those who divorced.
  •  The health consequences of divorce are so severe that a typical researcher concluded that "being divorced and a nonsmoker is  scorelessy dangerous than smoking a pack a day and staying married."
  • After a diagnosis of cancer, married people are most likely to recover, while the divorced are least likely to recover, indicating that the emotional trauma of divorce has a long-term impact on the physical health of the body.
  • Men and women both suffer a decline in mental health following divorce, but researchers have found that women are more greatly affected.
  • Some of the mental health indicator affected by divorce include depression, hostility, self-acceptance, personal growth and positive relations with others.
Research is showing that the divorce rate has immediately increases the psychological distress and has long-term negative consequences for the physical health of divorced people. In addition, we divorce indirectly causes long-term increases in distress through stressful events.

Milinano et al in (2002) butress that other studies used data from 416 rural  women who were interviewed repeatedly in the early 1990s when they were mothers of adolescent children; the women were interviewed again in 2001. The data realy supported the hypotheses. In the years immediately after their divorce (1991-1994), divorced women reported significantly higher levels of psychological distress than married women but no differences in physical illness. Ten years later latel(in 2001), the divorced women reported significantly higher levels of illness, even after controlling for age, remarriage, education, income, and prior health. Compared to their married counterparts, divorced women reported higher levels of stressful life events between 1994 and 2000, which led to higher levels of depressive symptoms in 2001. Researchers say more studies are warranted. Barring an affair with the secretary or best friend, maybe at the end of the day, stressing over hair in the sink and unmade beds doesn't warrant a split. Stress-Related Disorders, diseases brought on or worsened by psychological stress. These disorders commonly involve the autonomic nervous system, which controls the body’s internal organs. Disorders that can be caused by stress include hypertension (high blood pressure), headaches, back pain, skin disordes.

However, Stress is also believed to contribute to coronary heart disease (narrowing of the heart’s arteries) and some cases of cancer.
Physicians have long recognized that people are more susceptible to diseases of all kinds when subjected to great stress. Negative events, such as the death of a loved one, seem to cause enough stress to lower the body’s resistance to disease. Positive circumstances, however, such as a new job or a new baby in the house, can also upset a person’s normal ability to fend off disease. Social Scientists have devised a list of life events and rated the relative stressfulness of each. Thus, the death of a spouse rates 100 on the scale, divorced, 73; marital separation, 65; going to jail, 63; death of a close family member,63; major personal injury or illness, 53; and so on. People also experience stress from daily hassles, such as living in crowded, noisy conditions, commuting to work, and waiting in line. Although these are minor irritants when experienced individually, the cumulative effect of daily hassles can cause substantial stress.
 Similar to the attitude of men, women are exposed to sexual promiscuous, life leading to contact with STDs/STIs.
 They become drug abusers due to the rate of depressions and loss of sleep. VAscular problems may be introduced to their body due to emotional stress; cancer will set in. Also, the life expectancies of reproductive system will fail due to prolong conception, fibroid problem and cervix cancer can occur. In some cases women may experience high blood pressures which will lead to hypertension, paralysis, strokes and many more diseases accadind the system of the Humen.

Health is wise!

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