The promotion of unhealthy habits in gay, lesbian, and straight intimate partnerships.
Social Science & Medicine, 2012
[Epub ahead of print] The promotion of unhealthy habits in gay, lesbian, and straight intimate partnerships.
While a legacy of research suggests that marriage has important positive consequences for health habits, recent work emphasizes that intimate ties can also deter from healthy habits and promote unhealthy habits.
Moreover, little research explores how unhealthy habits are promoted in intimate ties other than marriage-such as in gay and lesbian cohabiting relationships.
The present study analyzes the mechanisms through which gay, lesbian, and straight long-term partners (NÂ =Â 120) contribute to one another's unhealthy habits.
First, respondents identify a process of unilateral health habit diffusion wherein one partner's health habits directly influence the other partners' habits.
Second, respondents describe bilateral unhealthy habit diffusion, wherein both partner's unhealthy habits are reinforced via mutual pleasure seeking or mutual failed motivation.
Third, respondents describe a discourse of personal responsibility, wherein both partners purposefully fail to deter one another's unhealthy habits.
Analysis further illustrates how these mechanisms operate differently for men and women in gay, lesbian, and straight relationships.
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