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Late adolescents' coping strategies and their physiological reactivity to romantic relationship conflict: Self, partner, and couple effects


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Abstract (summary)

Both coping behaviors and physiological vulnerability to stress have been found to be associated with the development of psychopathology; however, less is known about the interrelations between coping and physiological stress responses. This study explored relations between late adolescents' styles of coping with distress and their physiological reactivity and recovery to negotiating conflict with their romantic partners. Partners' coping styles and the interaction between partners' coping styles were also examined as predictors of stress responses. One hundred and ninety couples were asked to discuss and attempt to resolve a conflictual issue that they had disagreed about in the previous month. Physiological reactivity was assessed using samples of salivary cortisol, a primary hormonal product of one of the major stress response systems. A salivary cortisol sample at entry, a pre-task anticipatory sample, and 5 post-task samples were collected. Growth modeling of the cortisol data indicated that dyadic coping was a better predictor of cortisol reactivity and recovery during relationship conflict than individual coping behaviors alone. In addition, relations among coping and physiological stress responses were found to be significantly different for males and females.

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Subject
Psychotherapy;
Social psychology;
Physiological psychology
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0451: Social psychology
0989: Physiological psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology, Adolescents, Coping, Couple, Physiological reactivity, Relationship conflict, Romantic relationship
Title
Late adolescents' coping strategies and their physiological reactivity to romantic relationship conflict: Self, partner, and couple effects
Author
Gunlicks, Meredith L.
Number of pages
98
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 67/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542977930
Advisor
Powers, Sally I.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3242347
ProQuest document ID
305309412
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305309412
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