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On the Importance of Knowing Your Partner's Views: Attitude Familiarity is Associated with Better Interpersonal Functioning and Lower Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Daily Life.
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PMID:  20878291     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Relationships have been linked to significant physical health outcomes. However, little is known about the more specific processes that might be responsible for such links.
PURPOSE: The main aim of this study was to examine a previously unexplored and potentially important form of partner knowledge (i.e., attitude familiarity) on relationship processes and cardiovascular function.
METHODS: In this study, 47 married couples completed an attitude familiarity questionnaire and ambulatory assessments of daily spousal interactions and blood pressure.
RESULTS: Attitude familiarity was associated with better interpersonal functioning between spouses in daily life (e.g., greater partner responsiveness). Importantly, attitude familiarity was also related to lower overall ambulatory systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that familiarity with a spouse's attitudes may be an important factor linking relationships to better interpersonal and physical health outcomes.
David M Sanbonmatsu; Bert N Uchino; Wendy Birmingham
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1532-4796     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Behav Med     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510246     Medline TA:  Ann Behav Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  131-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology and Health Psychology Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA,
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