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Linguistic markers of emotion regulation and cardiovascular reactivity among older caregiving spouses.
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PMID:  22369634     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined linguistic markers of emotion regulation and cardiovascular stress reactivity in spousal caregivers. Fifty-three individuals were audiotaped while they privately disclosed an instance of partner suffering and a typical partner interaction (i.e., a meal together). Systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and heart rate (HR) were measured. Linguistic analysis determined emotion and cognitive processing word use. Results revealed that using more positive emotion words was associated with lower HR reactivity in each verbal account. Caregivers who used fewer cognitive processing words (e.g., think, realize, because) overall had the highest HR reactivity to talking about the partner's suffering. These findings have implications for interventions for all caregivers as well as distinguishing more resilient caregivers from those who may be at a higher risk for caregiver burden.
Joan K Monin; Richard Schulz; Edward P Lemay; Thomas B Cook
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-02-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychology and aging     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1939-1498     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Aging     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-08     Completed Date:  2013-06-28     Revised Date:  2014-03-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904079     Medline TA:  Psychol Aging     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  903-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena*
Caregivers / psychology*
Depression / physiopathology,  psychology
Emotions / physiology*
Heart Rate
Marriage / psychology
Middle Aged
Spouses / psychology*
Stress, Psychological / physiopathology,  psychology
Grant Support
F32 AG031635/AG/NIA NIH HHS; F32 AG031635/AG/NIA NIH HHS; HL076852/076858/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; R24 HL076852/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS

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