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Marital Status and Health Behavior in Middle-aged Korean Adults.
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PMID:  23267425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Marital status is as an important sociodemographic variable for health studies. We assessed the association between marital status and health behavior in middle-aged Korean adults.
METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of 2,522 Korean middle-aged adults (1,049 men, 1,473 women) from the 2010 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The subjects were classified as living with a partner or living without a partner (never married, separated, widowed, and divorced). We assessed the relationship between marital status and five health behaviors (smoking, high-risk alcohol intake, regular exercise, regular breakfast consumption, and undergoing periodic health screening).
RESULTS: Age, income level, educational level, and occupational classification were all significantly associated with marital status. The risk of undergoing health screening (odds ratio [OR], 0.53; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.32 to 0.90) and having regular breakfast (OR, 0.50; 95% CI, 0.27 to 0.92) were significantly lower in men living without a partner than with a partner. Women living without a partner had a higher smoking risk (OR, 2.27; 95% CI, 1.09 to 4.73) and a higher risk of high-risk alcohol consumption (OR, 5.33; 95% CI, 1.65 to 17.24) than their counterparts.
CONCLUSION: Korean middle-aged adults living with partners are more likely to have healthier behavior than living without a partner. The association between marital status and health behaviors differed by sex.
Hyun Ji Yim; Hyun Ah Park; Jae Heon Kang; Kyung-Woo Kim; Young Gyu Cho; Yang Im Hur; O Jin Ee Choi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-11-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Korean journal of family medicine     Volume:  33     ISSN:  2005-6443     ISO Abbreviation:  Korean J Fam Med     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-25     Completed Date:  2012-12-26     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101502902     Medline TA:  Korean J Fam Med     Country:  Korea (South)    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  390-7     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Family Medicine, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
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