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Psychology professor discusses importance of spouses, partners to personal well-being

Richard Slatcher, a psychology professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, was recently quoted in an AARP article about how important partners and spouses are to a person’s well-being.

One of the most significant lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught people is how vital family is to a person’s happiness. Slatcher, who runs the close relationships laboratory, said spouses and partners are absolutely critical when considering someone’s personal well-being.

“The ones who’ve done exceptionally well are couples in long-term relationships who felt renewed intimacy and reconnection to each other,” he said.

The article continues to detail lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, including the importance of self-care and being financially prepared.