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Howard, S,Creaven, AM,Hughes, BM,O'Leary, ED,James, JE
2017
April
Biological Psychology
Perceived social support predicts lower cardiovascular reactivity to stress in older adults
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Perceived social support Cardiovascular reactivity Ambulatory blood pressure Social contact AMBULATORY BLOOD-PRESSURE PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS LABORATORY STRESS YOUNGER ADULTS ELDERLY ADULTS NETWORKS IMPACT AGE RESPONSES CAFFEINE
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The benefits of perceived social support for physical and psychological health are well-established. However, little research has explored associations between perceived social support and cardiovascular reactivity in older adults. This exploratory study recruited a sample of older adults (M-age = 69 years, SD= 5.62) and examined quality and quantity of perceived social support as predictors of cardiovascular reactivity to laboratory-based stress (N=39 participants) and ambulatory cardiovascular activity in everyday life ( n = 28). The results suggest that quality, but not quantity, of perceived social support predicts reduced blood pressure reactivity to stress in the laboratory. Although quality of support was not associated with ambulatory blood pressure, results suggest that quantity of daily social support may be associated with higher ambulatory heart rate, but not with social contact during measurement. This preliminary study extends prior work on social support and cardiovascular function to a group of older adults in both laboratory and field settings. Challenges for much-needed future research in this area are discussed. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.02.006
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