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Cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress: attachment styles and invisible stranger support

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dc.contributor.author McMahon, Grace
dc.contributor.author Creaven, Ann-Marie
dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-20T08:48:29Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-20T08:48:29Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10011
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract While the benefits of social support for physiological health are well established, the underlying pathways by which support can influence cardiovascular reactivity (CVR) are still being elucidated. In the present study, we adapted an attachment framework to further explore the support-CVR link. Specifically, we experimentally tested the effect of attachment and social support on CVR by manipulating the provision of invisible support from a stranger, across individuals with secure, anxious and avoidant attachment styles. Employing a 3 × 2 design, a sample of young adults (N = 138) from across each of the three attachment styles were randomly assigned to either an invisible support (from a stranger), or no support, condition. All participants were subject to an acute standardised stress testing protocol where cardiovascular indices were monitored throughout. Results from a factorial ANOVA showed no significant interaction between support and attachment on any cardiovascular reactivity parameter (SBP, DBP, HR) or any main effect of attachment or support. These findings suggest that, in this case, social support was not effective in buffering the effects of stress across various attachment styles. The benefits of incorporating a developmental perspective to the study of social support and health are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Psychophysiology;164, pp121-129
dc.subject attachment en_US
dc.subject cardiovascular reactivity en_US
dc.subject social support en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject young adults en_US
dc.title Cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress: attachment styles and invisible stranger support en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2021.03.005
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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