Affective reactivity to daily stressors and long-term risk of reporting a chronic physical health condition

Jennifer R. Piazza, Susan T. Charles, Martin J. Sliwinski, Jacqueline Mogle, David M. Almeida

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Abstract

Background: Daily stressors, such as an argument with a spouse or an impending deadline, are associated with shortterm changes in physical health symptoms. Whether these minor hassles have long-term physical health ramifications, however, is largely unknown. Purpose The current study examined whether exposure and reactivity to daily stressors is associated with long-term risk of reporting a chronic physical health condition. Methods: Participants (N0435) from the National Study of Daily Experiences completed a series of daily diary interviews between 1995 and 1996 and again 10 years later. Results: Greater affective (i.e., emotional) reactivity to daily stressors at time 1 was associated with an increased risk of reporting a chronic physical health condition at time 2. Conclusion: Results indicate that how people respond to the daily stressors in their lives is predictive of future chronic health conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-120
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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