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Social identity influences stress appraisals and cardiovascular reactions to acute stress exposure

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dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Meaney, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Muldoon, Orla T.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-12T17:08:14Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4351
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives. This study tested a recent theoretical development in stress research to see whether group membership influenced cardiovascular reactions following exposure to acute stress.Methods. Participants (N = 104) were exposed to a message in which a maths test was described as stressful or challenging by an ingroup member (a student) or outgroup member (a stress disorder sufferer). Systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and heart rate (HR) were monitored throughout a standard reactivity study.Results. As expected, a significant interaction was found; relative to those who were told that the task was challenging, ingroup members reported more stress and had higher DBP and HR reactivity when told by an ingroup member that the maths task was stressful; task information did not have the same effect for outgroup members.Conclusion. These results indicate that informational support is not constant but varies as a function of group membership. Finally, this recent development in stress research may prove useful for those interested in investigating the interactions between social, psychological and physiological processes underlying health disparities. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Health Psychology;19 (3), pp. 466-579
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12056
dc.rights This is the author's version of the following article:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12056 en_US
dc.subject acute psychological stress en_US
dc.subject blood pressure en_US
dc.subject support en_US
dc.subject reactivity en_US
dc.subject responses en_US
dc.subject recovery en_US
dc.title Social identity influences stress appraisals and cardiovascular reactions to acute stress exposure 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.date.updated 2015-03-10T15:50:37Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/bjhp.12056
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2015-06-18
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1573856
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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