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Social context and sex moderate the association between type D personality and cardiovascular reactivity

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Show simple item record O'Riordan, Adam Howard, Siobhán Gallagher, Stephen 2020-04-14T13:10:36Z 2019
dc.identifier.issn 1090-0586
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Type D personality has been consistently associated with adverse cardiovascular health with atypical cardiovascular reactions to psychological stress one plausible underlying mechanism. However, whether this varies by sex and social context has received little attention. This study examined the interaction between Type D personality, sex and social context on cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress. A sample of 76 healthy undergraduate students (47 female) completed the DS14 Type D measure, before undergoing a traditional cardiovascular reactivity protocol. The social context of the laboratory environment was manipulated to create a social and non-social context using a between-subjects design. Systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and heart rate (HR) were monitored throughout. No associations were evident for blood pressure. However, a significant personality × sex × social context interaction on HR reactivity was found; here Type D was associated with a higher HR response to the social task amongst males but not females, while Type D females typically exhibited blunted reactions. While these atypical reactions indicate a possible psychophysiological pathway leading to adverse cardiovascular events amongst Type Ds, it appears that Type D males are particularly vulnerable to socially based stressors, exhibiting exaggerated cardiovascular reactions. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback;44, pp. 321-330
dc.rights The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject bilogical sex en_US
dc.subject cardiovascular reactivity en_US
dc.subject social context en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject type D personality en_US
dc.title Social context and sex moderate the association between type D personality and cardiovascular reactivity 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 2020-04-13T16:41:29Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10484-019-09447-x 2021-01-30
dc.embargo.terms 2020-08-10 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2924770
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Applied Psychophysiology And Biofeedback
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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