Constant Arguing Can Be Deadly…

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…not just to your relationship, but to the partners! Constant arguments or nagging increases death risk, especially for men.

The study: “Stressful social relations and mortality: a prospective cohort study,” by
Rikke Lund1,2, Ulla Christensen1, Charlotte Juul Nilsson, Margit Kriegbaum, and Naja Hulvej Rod of the
University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Results: Frequent worries/demands from partner or children were associated with 50–100% increased mortality risk. Frequent conflicts with any type of social relation were associated with 2–3 times increased mortality risk. Interaction between labour force participation and worries/demands (462 additional cases per 100 000 person-years, p=0.05) and conflicts with partner (830 additional cases per 100 000 person-years, p<0.01) was suggested. Being male and experiencing frequent worries/demands from partner produced 135 extra cases per 100 000 person-years, p=0.05 due to interaction.

Conclusions: Stressful social relations are associated with increased mortality risk among middle-aged men and women for a variety of different social roles. Those outside the labour force and men seem especially vulnerable to exposure.

The BBC’s writeup of the study is more readable.

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