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Connections Between Quality of Family Relations and Health Status – Research Group

Leader: Dr Piroska Balog, PhD

Mária Szepes, PhD student
Éva Kovács, PhD student
Eszter Mészáros, external member
Gábor Szabó, external member


Research topic

Our research group aims to explore the connections between marital status and health status (with special focus on being married/living together vs being divorced), furthermore to examine the parental conflicts and the health status of children.

Health deterioration has an impact on family relations as well. At the same time, marital conflicts not only worsen mental health (increasing the number of anxiety symptoms and depressive symptoms) but they also cause physiological changes. In the course of our research we study the relationship between marital status (with special focus on being married/living together vs being divorced) health status (mental and physical), and marital stress, and health status, respectively. Family conflicts and divorce both have an impact on children’s health and development. We plan to introduce the validation and standardization of the Children’s Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC) among Hungarian children.



  1. Balog P, Falger P, Szabó G, Dégi CSL, Kállay E, Stauder A, Székely A, Kopp MS (2013): Marital distress, treatment for hypertension and depression – gender differences. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, Vol. 13, No. 2, September 2013, 371-384.
  2. Kovács É, Balog P, Mészáros E, Kopp M (2013): Married, cohabiting, and divorced marital status and mental health. Journal of Mental Health and Psychosomatics 14 (3), 205—230, DOI: 10.1556/Mental.14.2013.3.2
  3. Balog P, Székely A, Szabó G, Kopp M (2006) The psychometric properties of the Shortened Marital Stress Scale. Journal of Mental Health and Psychosomatics. 7 (3): 193-203.