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Partner interactions are associated with reduced blood pressure in the natural environment: ambulatory monitoring evidence from a healthy, multiethnic adult sample.
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PMID:  11382269     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the effects of partner interactions on ambulatory blood pressure in a sample of 120 healthy adults who were monitored over a 6-day period. METHODS: After each blood pressure measurement, participants rated characteristics of ongoing social interactions, along with emotional activation, physical activity, talking, posture, and other covariates, with computer-assisted self-report assessments. RESULTS: Using multilevel modeling, we showed that blood pressure was significantly lower during social interactions with one's partner relative to social interactions with any other person and relative to periods of not interacting. Interactions with partners also were characterized by significantly less talking and emotional activation and more intimacy and perceived emotional support; however, these differences did not mediate the partner effect on blood pressure. In addition, the relative benefits of interacting with a partner were not moderated by relationship quality, gender, or race. CONCLUSIONS: The effects of social situations on ambulatory blood pressure may represent one pathway through which social relationships affect cardiovascular health. Key words: blood pressure, social interaction, partner interactions, cardiovascular health.
B B Gump; D E Polk; T W Kamarck; S M Shiffman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatic medicine     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0033-3174     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosom Med     Publication Date:    2001 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-30     Completed Date:  2001-12-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376505     Medline TA:  Psychosom Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  423-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Oswego, 13126, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Affect / physiology
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
Feedback / physiology
Health Status*
Interpersonal Relations*
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Ambulatory*
Social Environment*
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