Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2005

Capstone Advisor

Craig K. Ewart, Ph.D.

Honors Reader

Randall S. Jorgensen, Ph. D.

Capstone Major

Psychology

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

no

Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Applied Behavior Analysis | Clinical Psychology | Experimental Analysis of Behavior | Psychology

Abstract

Cardiovascular health is affected by many factors including biological aspects such as heredity and overall health, as well as by environmental factors. Social stress, socioeconomic status, family environment, and coping skills have all been shown to contribute increased risk for cardiovascular disease. In an effort to further elucidate past findings in this area, this study, conducted on 36 college-age students, examined the connection between physiological response (blood pressure, heart rate, and mean arterial pressure) to laboratory social stressors in correspondence to emotional, affective, and arousal levels, as measured by self-report. The results yielded a significant relationship between physiologic response to social stimuli and response measured by other factors, including emotion, affect, and arousal, during recovery baselines. This study implicates the great importance of possession of social coping skills among youth, to promote good health later in life.

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