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dc.contributor.authorWilson, Stephanie J.
Bailey, Brittney E.
Jaremka, Lisa M.
Fagundes, Christopher P.
Andridge, Rebecca
Malarkey, William B.
Gates, Kathleen M.
Kiecolt-Glaser, Janice K.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-28T16:10:12Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-28T16:10:12Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Wilson, Stephanie J., Bailey, Brittney E., Jaremka, Lisa M., et al.. "When couples’ hearts beat together: Synchrony in heart rate variability during conflict predicts heightened inflammation throughout the day." Psychoneuroendocrinology, 93, (2018) Elsevier: 107-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.04.017.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/107371
dc.description.abstract Hostile conflict in marriage can increase risks for disease and mortality. Physiological synchrony between partners-e.g., the linkage between their autonomic fluctuations-appears to capture engagement, or an inability to disengage from an exchange, and thus may amplify the health risks of noxious interactions such as marital conflict. Prior work has not examined the unique health correlates of this physiological signature. To test associations between couples' heart rate variability (HRV) synchrony during conflict and inflammation, 43 married couples engaged in a marital problem discussion while wearing heart monitors and provided four blood samples; they repeated this protocol at a second visit. When couples' moment-to-moment HRV changes tracked more closely together during conflict, they had higher levels of three inflammatory markers (i.e., IL-6, stimulated TNF-α, and sVCAM-1) across the day. Stronger HRV synchrony during conflict also predicted greater negative affect reactivity. Synchrony varied within couples, and was related to situational factors rather than global relationship traits. These data highlight partners' HRV linkage during conflict as a novel social-biological pathway to inflammation-related disease.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.rights This is an author's peer-reviewed final manuscript, as accepted by the publisher. The published article is copyrighted by Elsevier.
dc.title When couples’ hearts beat together: Synchrony in heart rate variability during conflict predicts heightened inflammation throughout the day
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Psychoneuroendocrinology
dc.subject.keywordCouples
Health
Inflammation
Marital conflict
Synchrony
dc.citation.volumeNumber 93
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.04.017
dc.identifier.pmcid PMC6002748
dc.identifier.pmid 29709758
dc.type.publication post-print
dc.citation.firstpage 107
dc.citation.lastpage 116


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