Swedish Register Analysis of Divorce and Alcohol Use Disorder Highlights Social Relationships as a Target for Preventive Psychiatry and Genetic Research

The American Journal of Psychiatry
Volume 174, Issue 5, May 01, 2017, pp. 411-413

Leah S. Richmond-Rakerd, M.A., Daniel W. Belsky


Psychiatric epidemiologists have long observed that married adults have fewer mental health problems compared with unmarried age peers (1). There are two broad categories of explanation for the positive association between marital status and health: social selection and social causation (2), Social selection describes processes in which healther individuals are more likely to marry and stay married. Social causation refers to processes in which marriage improves health…

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