What is it about?

A relationship intervention designed to help low-income Black couples in the rural South build more supportive relationships helped to buffer participants from the harmful health effects of cumulative financial stress.

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Why is it important?

Among participants who had taken part in the relationship intervention and who saw subsequent improvements in their relationship quality, that association did not hold true. In other words, couples who took part in the relationship intervention were more resilient to the corrosive health effects of financial stress.


Future research should build on the study by examining the protective effects of relationship interventions in other disadvantaged and marginalized groups.

Dr Man Kit Lei
University of Georgia

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This page is a summary of: Relationship intervention indirectly buffers financial strain’s effect on biological aging among Black adults., Journal of Family Psychology, June 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/fam0000926.
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