Are Cardiovascular Reactors to Asocial Stress Also Reactors to Social Stress?

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Abstract

The authors tested the generalizability of measures of cardiovascular reactivity to asocial and social stress among fathers, mothers, and their adolescent sons. Results showed significant associations between reactivity to individual psychomotor tasks and to conflict resolution only for mothers, suggesting that laboratory measures of reactivity obtained during asocial tasks are of limited value in predicting reactivity during social tasks. Given that interpersonal constructs are important to risk for cardiovascular diseases, these findings point to the importance of measuring cardiovascular reactivity during social stress, not only during asocial achievement stress.

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