Dealing with any type of discrimination, be it by race, age, gender or other factors, is not bad for health, but can also affect the relationship between couples, also affecting health of the spouse or partner.
“We discovered that when a person experiences discrimination, she reports that she has worse health and depression, but that’s not the whole story: this stress is spreading and also affecting her health. partner, “said William Chopik, an assistant professor at the university. State of Michigan in the United States.
Many of the adverse effects of health discrimination occur because they are harmful to relationships, the results published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science showed.
“When a partner experiences discrimination, it brings that stress home and the relationship is stressed, so this stress not only negatively affects their health, but also that of their partners,” said Chopik.
For the study, researchers analyzed a sample of nearly 2,000 pairs in the United States. UU With ages between 50 and 94 years old.
Participants reported incidents of discrimination, as well as their health, depression and tensions and closeness to the relationship.
It does not matter where the discrimination comes from, said Chopik.
“What matters is that they feel they have been treated unfairly, which has had the greatest impact on the person’s health,” he added.
And this discrimination had an indirect effect on the spouse or partner of the person.
Because people are immersed in relationships, what happens in these relationships affects our health and well-being, Chopik said.