Although high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health youth, faster than getting out of low-quality relationships, the better your health, according to a new study.
“relations of poor quality are harmful to health. The results suggest that it is better for health to be alone than be in a relationship of poor quality,” said one of the researchers Ashley Barr, assistant professor in the University of Buffalo in New York.
“Not being in a relationship that matters, but must be in a relationship of long-term high quality is beneficial,” she said.
The findings were published in the Journal of Family Psychology.
Younger people today are waiting longer to marry than those of previous generations, and are waiting longer to finish school.
During this period, they move in and out of relationships.
“Much of the research literature focuses on relationships and health in the context of marriage,” Barr said.
“Most respondents were not married, but these relationships are still shocking for health, for better or worse,” he noted.
Using the Project Iowa Youth and Families, Barr found that about a third of the sample experienced relatively large changes in their relationship over a period of two years.
“We consider satisfaction, hostility couple questions about criticism, support, kindness, affection and commitment,” said Barr.
The study showed that the longer people are in high-quality relationships, or the faster they get out of low-quality relationships, the better your health.
“The health benefits begin to accrue relatively quickly, with high quality relationships and contexts support,” Barr said.
“And then we see the harmful effects of low-quality relationships – particularly those low-quality relationships that last a long time.” He noted