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About the Course
This lecture explores the impact of intimate relationships on mental and physical health. Each of the studies described in this video have contributed to the literature on the intersections of relationships and health, highlighting the need to focus on the role of intimacy and connection for interventionists. Dr. Gesselman reviews the definition of 'intimate' relationships and how the quality of these relationships impacts physical and mental health. Intimate relationships have been found to have positive impacts on people with epilepsy, hospital stays and recovery, and healing. Intimate relationships have also been found to decrease anxiety and improve recovery from mental illness. Dr. Gesselman discusses the most recent research on relationships and health as well as examining the limitations of this literature and possibilities for future research.
- Discuss the impact of intimate relationships on mental and physical health.
- Explain the impact of relationship status on psychosocial mechanisms of stress.
- Describe the physical and mental effects of romantic relationships for those with chronic stressors, illnesses, or diseases.
- Relate romantic partners' influence on each others' emotional states (e.g., distress, anxiety) to the ability to cope with adverse life events.
Meet the Instructor
Dr. Amanda Gesselman is a social-developmental psychologist at the Kinsey Institute. She is the inaugural Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist at Indiana University, the Head of Research Analytics and Methodology Core at the Kinsey Institute, and a Research Fellow with the Rural Center for HIV/STD Prevention. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Florida, where she focused on social relationships and human development. Her research examines dating and sexuality in the digital age, the psychology, sexuality, and health of romantic couples, and the experience of singlehood. She has published in top sexuality, relationships, and health journals, and her research has been featured in international media.