A research study says unhappily married people have a higher risk of getting divorced. A bad marriage is riskier for older women because of the stress of being in a bad relationship gone wrong. The study is from Michigan State University. The leader of the research, Dr. Hui Lui said the stress of an unhappy marriage has a big impact on the health of our heart. Dr. Lui said older women have more heart problems because they are more caring. A wife is more probable to care for her sick husband than the other way round. Also, a wife can get stressed if she is sick and cannot look after her husband.
Dr. Luis’s team studied the health of 1,200 married people aged 57 to 85 over five years. The researchers asked the couples questions about their marriage. They asked if they spent free time with or apart from their partner. They also asked if they could trust their husband or wife, and if their partner asks them to do too many things. The doctors looked at the quality of the marriages and compared this with the number of heart attacks people had. People in bad marriages were more depressed, more obese and had higher blood pressure.
|a.||An unhappier marriage gives men more health problems.||T / F|
|b.||The study is from Cambridge University in the U.K.||T / F|
|c.||A researcher said husbands are a little more caring than wives.||T / F|
|d.||A wife can get stressed if she is too sick to take care of her husband.||T / F|
|e.||The study looked at 1,200 married people in their 40s and 50s.||T / F|
|f.||The couples were asked about how much time they spent together.||T / F|
|g.||Researchers compared the quality of marriage to heart attacks.||T / F|
|h.||Unhappily married people were more overweight.||T / F|
|What kind of problems?||How to solve them|
|Lack of time|
| • ________a kiss
• ________share the housework
• ________say, “you look nice”
| •________go for a walk together
•________say, “You make me happy”
What’s the secret for a long lasting marriage?