Affectionate communication received from spouses predicts stress hormone levels in healthy adults

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dc.contributor.author Floyd, Kory
dc.contributor.author Riforgiate, Sarah E.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-17T19:07:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-17T19:07:23Z
dc.date.issued 2014-02-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/17168
dc.description.abstract Recent research on the communication of affection has illuminated its implications for mental and physical health. In particular, affectionate communication has been shown to covary with healthy hormonal variation and accelerated recovery from stress. The present study focuses on the association between marital affection and hormonal markers of stress regulation, including cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S), and their ratio. Twenty healthy adults and their spouses provided independent reports of their propensity for verbal, nonverbal, and support-based expressions of affection prior to providing saliva samples that were assayed for cortisol and DHEA-S. As hypothesized, spouses’ reports of verbal, nonverbal, and supportive affection significantly predicted participants’ waking cortisol levels, cortisol change, and cortisol:DHEA-S ratio. Participants’ own reports of affection were predictive of cortisol:DHEA-S ratio for verbal affection behaviors only, and were not predictive of participants’ waking cortisol, cortisol change, or DHEA-S. In addition, spouses’ reports of verbal, nonverbal, and supportive affection predicted participants’ evening cortisol levels. Results illustrate that affectionate communication from one’s spouse is related to hormonal stress regulation and suggest the possibility that interventions designed to increase affectionate behavior in romantic relationships may have stress-ameliorating physiological effects. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03637750802512371#.UvlUeWJdXL8 en_US
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Communication Monographs, 75(4), 351-368. Communication Monographs is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03637750802512371#.UvlUeWJdXL8 en_US
dc.subject Affection en_US
dc.subject Stress en_US
dc.subject Affection exchange theory en_US
dc.subject Cortisol en_US
dc.subject DHEA-S en_US
dc.title Affectionate communication received from spouses predicts stress hormone levels in healthy adults en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2008 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1080/03637750802512371 en_US
dc.citation.epage 368 en_US
dc.citation.issue 4 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Communication Monographs en_US
dc.citation.spage 351 en_US
dc.citation.volume 75 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid sriforgi en_US


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