The Effect of Relationship Quality on Mental Representations of Social Support and Cardiovascular Reactivity

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The aim of the current study was to examine how thinking about qualitatively different social network members may differentially affect cardiovascular reactivity to a subsequent stressor. Eighty-two undergraduates were asked to think and write about different types of relationships preceding a social stressor. No differences between conditions in CVR were found during social support induction phase or the stressor task. Women in the supportive condition were found to have slower SV recovery than those in the ambivalent condition. The results of this study are inconsistent with previous evidence for a relationship between mental representations of social ties and CVR. Future ... continued below

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Prather, Courtney C. May 2011.

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The aim of the current study was to examine how thinking about qualitatively different social network members may differentially affect cardiovascular reactivity to a subsequent stressor. Eighty-two undergraduates were asked to think and write about different types of relationships preceding a social stressor. No differences between conditions in CVR were found during social support induction phase or the stressor task. Women in the supportive condition were found to have slower SV recovery than those in the ambivalent condition. The results of this study are inconsistent with previous evidence for a relationship between mental representations of social ties and CVR. Future research should seek to rule out confounding variables and clarify this effect.

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Prather, Courtney C. The Effect of Relationship Quality on Mental Representations of Social Support and Cardiovascular Reactivity, thesis, May 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103375/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .