The quality of life of couples are linked even after the death of one partner
Previous studies revealed the concept of “interdependence”; a phenomenon that shows how spouses can influence the health and well-being of their partner. The study suggests that your quality of life can influence that of your partner.
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A new study has shown that this effect persists even after one of the death of a partner? Couples remain dependent on one another even after the death of a partner.
Some studies earlier published by Medical News Today suggest that individuals are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if their partner has the condition.
Perhaps, it is not news to know that the quality of a person’s life can affect his partner considering the fact that they likely share similar experience, live in the same environment and possibly adopt the same lifestyle behaviors.
However, the concept of interdependence of a spouse even after death may sound like a mystery.
In a study of two categories of couples including 546 couples who have lost a partner during the study, alongside 2,566 couples with both partners still alive,
The following was found by the researchers
The initial quality of life of a partner remained the determinant of their own quality of life at the long run.
Whilst in another case, the participants’ earlier life quality was linked to their partner’s later quality of life.
Amongst couples who had lost a partner, their quality of life at the long run was still linked to the initial quality of life of their dead partner.
The findings also suggest that reminiscing about a deceased love one could trigger thoughts and emotions that fuel interdependence.
This finding remained the same even after factors such as the number of years couples had been married, age and health was considered. The interdependence in quality of life among couples who had lost a partner was similar to that of couples who with both partners alive.
Given consideration to the importance of relationships on our life style or well-being, the research concluded by saying even when we lose the people we love, they remain with us, at least in part.
Carefully choose your spouse because their quality of life does not only influence you when they are alive, but can do same even after death. Hence if a partner’s quality of life is low before death, chances are that they could take a negative toll on the quality of life of the living partner on the long run.”
The researchers intend to investigate the fact that reminiscing about a deceased love one could trigger thoughts and emotions that fuel interdependence.
Two questions that the researchers are working on are:
Is just thinking about your partner enough to create the interdependence?”
“If so, how might we use this information to better help those who have lost their spouse?”.
Research published in the journal Psychological Science and conducted by Kyle Bourassa and colleagues, A Psychology Doctoral student at the University of Arizona.