Relationship Concerns

  • Tatiana D. Gray
  • James V. CordovaEmail author


Our personal relationships are intimately interwoven with nearly every aspect of our lives and, as such, are finally being recognized as a complete health system, on par with physical and emotional health (Cordova, 2013). More specifically, the quality of our intimate relationships is linked to physical health (e.g., Donoho, Crimmins, & Seeman, 2013; Kiecolt-Glaser & Newton, 2001; Whisman, Uebelacker, & Settles, 2010), emotional well-being (Gottman, & Levenson, 1992), mental health (Horwitz, White, & Howell-White, 1996; Whisman & Kaiser, 2008; Whisman, 2007), substance use and abuse (Rhule-Louie & McMahon, 2007), child outcomes (e.g., Cummings & Davies, 2002), and even mortality (Holt-Lunstad, Smith, & Layton, 2010). When our intimate relationships are healthy, nearly all aspects of our lives benefit; when our intimate relationships are distressed, nearly all aspects of our lives are made vulnerable to greater suffering. Therefore, reducing relationship distress and promoting healthy intimacy can prevent a range of psychological, behavioral, and physical disorders for the whole family.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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