Gender differences in biobehavioral aftereffects of stress on eating, frustration, and cardiovascular responses

Laura Klein, Martha M. Faraday, Karen S. Quigley, Neil E. Grunberg

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Eating, persistence, and cardiovascular responses were evaluated after exposure to a 25-min noise stressor with or without perceived control. Participants were healthy men (n = 29) and women (n = 34), aged 21 to 45 years. There were no group differences in cognitive task performance or blood pressure during the stressor. However, perceived control resulted in lower mean blood pressure and heart rate after cessation of the stressor for men and women. Women without perceived control displayed greater frustration levels following the stressor, and frustrated women ate more bland food than did nonfrustrated women. Perceived control and frustration did not affect food consumption among men following the stressor. These findings indicate that there are health-relevant gender differences in biobehavioral responses that occur in the aftermath of stressor exposure. In addition, perceived control was especially important for women to attenuate the behavioral and biological effects of stressor exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-562
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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