This research was supported by a grant from the Brandeis University Mazer Fund for Faculty Research.
Social Control of Health Behaviors in Marriage1
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 467–485, March 2001
How to Cite
Tucker, J. S. and Anders, S. L. (2001), Social Control of Health Behaviors in Marriage. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31: 467–485. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2001.tb02051.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Married couples (N= 69) reported on their use of social control strategies in attempting to modify each other's health behaviors, as well as their affective and behavioral responses to experiencing health-related social control. Experiencing more negative social control was associated with the tendency to engage in potentially health-compromising behaviors, whereas experiencing positive social control was associated with attempts to engage in the desired behavior. Most associations between experiencing social control and the target's behavioral responses could be accounted for, at least partially, by the target's affective responses to the social control attempts. These results suggest that current conceptualizations of the health-relevance of social control are in need of revision. Implications of these results for social control measurement and theory are discussed.