Lauren M. Papp, PhD; Chrystyna D. Kouros, PhD
Background: Research has established associations between romantic partners’ health-related behaviors, although links between partners’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of an important medical event remain untested.
Methods: The sample was drawn from an existing study of patients who received a new opioid prescription at an emergency department visit for acute pain. We assessed COVID-19 experiences of 97 patients and their romantic partners from April 2021 through June 2022.
Results: Romantic partners reported similar ratings of COVID-19 impact and were likely to agree on their coping with the pandemic by engaging in more time on activities like puzzles or books, using marijuana, and drinking alcohol. Partners also demonstrated high concordance in their COVID-19 vaccination statuses.
Conclusions: These findings extend a robust literature showing romantic partners’ concordance in a host of health-relevant behaviors to their COVID-19 experiences.