Repressive coping and blood measures of disease risk

Lipids and endocrine and immunological responses to a laboratory stressor

Steven D Barger, Elizabeth A. Bachen, Anna L. Marsland, Stephen B. Manuck

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Abstract

Relations between repressive coping and a variety of health-related variables, including insulin, lipids, catecholamines, and cellular immune components, were investigated in a laboratory study of acute stress among a sample of healthy male college students (N = 83). Compared to nonrepressors, at baseline, repressers had fewer numbers of circulating CD4 (T-helper) cells, greater numbers of natural killer (NK) cells, lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL), a higher total/HDL cholesterol ratio, and higher fasting insulin levels. In response to an acute laboratory stressor (Stroop Color Word Conflict Test), repressors demonstrated an attenuated increase in the number of circulating NK cells compared to nonrepressors. Confounds such as physical activity, age, and smoking were unrelated to the dependent measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1619-1638
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume30
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2000

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Hematologic Diseases
Natural Killer Cells
Insulin
Lipids
HDL Lipoproteins
HDL Cholesterol
Catecholamines
Fasting
Color
Cell Count
Smoking
Exercise
Students
Health
Conflict (Psychology)

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  • Social Psychology

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Repressive coping and blood measures of disease risk : Lipids and endocrine and immunological responses to a laboratory stressor. / Barger, Steven D; Bachen, Elizabeth A.; Marsland, Anna L.; Manuck, Stephen B.

In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 30, No. 8, 08.2000, p. 1619-1638.

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