K. A. S. Wickrama and Chalandra M. Bryant, Department of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia; Florensia F. Surjadi, Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Iowa State University.
Work, marriage, and health behaviors of African American working couples
Version of Record online: 3 DEC 2010
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Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 519–531, December 2011
How to Cite
WICKRAMA, K. A. S., SURJADI, F. F. and BRYANT, C. M. (2011), Work, marriage, and health behaviors of African American working couples. Personal Relationships, 18: 519–531. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01319.x
- Issue online: 1 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 3 DEC 2010
Using a sample of 379 African American working husbands and wives, this study examined a unique link between work and marital experiences on health-promoting behaviors. Results of the dyadic model show that husbands' and wives' control over work are directly associated with husbands' and wives' health-promoting behaviors, respectively, after taking into account the dependencies between husbands and wives. The results of the dyadic model also show that husbands' and wives' control over work are indirectly associated with husbands' and wives' health behaviors through their perceived marital integrations. By understanding how work control and marital integration combine to influence both husbands' and wives' health behaviors, programs that promote healthy behaviors can be better designed and more effectively implemented.