Loneliness, social support and cardiovascular reactivity to laboratory stress
Nausheen, Bina, Gidron, Yori, Gregg, Aiden, Tissarchondou, Harilaos S. and Peveler, Robert (2007) Loneliness, social support and cardiovascular reactivity to laboratory stress. Stress, 10, (1), 37-44. (doi:10.1080/10253890601135434). (PMID:17454965).
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Self-reported or explicit loneliness and social support have been inconsistently associated with cardiovascular reactivity (CVR) to stress. The present study aimed to adapt an implicit measure of loneliness, and use it alongside the measures of explicit loneliness and social support, to investigate their correlations with CVR to laboratory stress. Twenty-five female volunteers aged between 18 and 39 years completed self-reported measures of loneliness and social support, and an Implicit Association Test (IAT) of loneliness. The systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and heart rate (HR) reactivity indices were measured in response to psychosocial stress induced in the laboratory. Functional support indices of social support were significantly correlated with CVR reactivity to stress. Interestingly, implicit, but not explicit, loneliness was significantly correlated with DBP reactivity after one of the stressors. No associations were found between structural support and CVR indices. Results are discussed in terms of validity of implicit versus explicit measures and possible factors that affect physiological outcomes.
|Keywords:||cardiovascular reactivity, implicit association test, loneliness, social support, stress|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Q Science > QP Physiology
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Clinical Neurosciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
|Date Deposited:||27 Mar 2007|
|Last Modified:||28 Jun 2013 08:25|
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