Happy Wife, Happy Life? UNL Study Findings

Senior Couple at ComputerAccording to a recent study, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) sociologists found older married men with disabilities may do better when their wives become more demanding. Researchers found married men faced with long-term physical limitations feel less lonely if their wives engage in more demanding and critical behavior. If wives were more supportive to their husbands, the study showed it did not matter at all.

“Among current cohorts of older married men, there is an expectation that their wives are going to manage their health, that she’s going to be the one who makes sure he’s going to the doctor, eating correctly, doing his physical therapy,” Warner said. “For men, this ‘nagging,’ in a long-running marriage, is a signal that your spouse is invested in you, in your health, in maintaining your independence.”

For married women, though, increases in demanding behaviors from husbands had detrimental effects, leading to greater feelings of loneliness….

UNL sociologists David Warner and doctoral student Scott Adams published their findings and says more research is needed. These findings are important for health care workers and caregivers who want to understand and pursue the best possible health outcomes for older patients.

Read the entire article from For older married men facing disability, nagging may be a plus on UNL Today.

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