- Published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine -

What's Mine is Yours: Evaluation of Shared Well-Being Among Married Couples and the Dyadic Influence on Individual Well-Being Change

Author(s): Jones, Ashlin MA; Pope, James MD; Coberley, Carter PhD; Wells, Aaron PhD

ObjectiveTo evaluate the relationship between partner well-being and outcomes of chronically diseased individuals participating in an employer sponsored well-being improvement program.

MethodsUsing the Actor Partner Interdependence Model, we evaluated whether prior partner well-being was associated with well-being change among 2025 couples. Logistic regression models were then used to explore how spousal well-being risks relate to development and elimination of risks among program participants.

ResultsHigh well-being partners were associated with positive well-being change. Specifically, the partner effect for spouses’ high well-being on disease management participants was a 1.5 point higher well-being in the following time period (P = 0.001) while the partner effect of participants’ high well-being on spouses was nearly 1.1 points (P = 0.010).

ConclusionsWell-being within couples is interdependent, and partner well-being is an important predictor of individual well-being change.

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Topics: Well-Being Marriage