Relationships Matter: Progress and Challenges in Research on the Health Effects of Intimate Relationships.


:Social connections play an important role in health and disease and provide opportunities for clinical and public health interventions. Marriage and similar intimate relationships play a central role in the potential health benefits of positive social connections. This editorial provides an integrative perspective on three papers in this issue of Psychosomatic Medicine that examine intimate relationships and health and illustrates the application of current areas in relationship science. The importance of integrated conceptual models and statistical techniques to disentangle common third factors and overlapping constructs are highlighted, as well as the need for a multi-method approach that goes beyond self-report questionnaires. This editorial concludes with a summary of biobehavioral and psychological mechanisms and directions for future research.


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  • Association of anxiety disorders and depression with incident heart failure.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Depression has been associated with increased risk of heart failure (HF). Because anxiety is highly comorbid with depression, we sought to establish if anxiety, depression, or their co-occurrence is associated with incident HF. METHODS:A retrospective cohort (N = 236,079) including Veteran's Administration p...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Garfield LD,Scherrer JF,Hauptman PJ,Freedland KE,Chrusciel T,Balasubramanian S,Carney RM,Newcomer JW,Owen R,Bucholz KK,Lustman PJ

    更新日期:2014-02-01 00:00:00

  • Cesarean section and postpartum depression: a review of the evidence examining the link.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The objective of this study was to examine the evidence for an association between cesarean section and postpartum depression. METHODS:Medline and PsychInfo databases were searched. All studies on cesarean section that evaluated maternal mood between 10 days and 1 year after delivery were reviewed. Nine meth...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Carter FA,Frampton CM,Mulder RT

    更新日期:2006-03-01 00:00:00

  • Waist-to-hip ratio is positively associated with bioavailable testosterone but negatively associated with sexual desire in healthy premenopausal women.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:We examined whether high waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) in women is a biomarker for increased testosterone (T) and higher levels of sexual desire. METHODS:Participants were 99 healthy nonobese premenopausal women. Trait levels of mean bioavailable T were estimated from three saliva samples collected at 8:00 am, 9:...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: van Anders SM,Hampson E

    更新日期:2005-03-01 00:00:00

  • Telecommunications technology as an aid to family caregivers of persons with dementia.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aging of the population implies that an increased number of people are going to need some form of care or assistance. Caregiving poses a range of physical, emotional, and financial demands and often causes burden and stress for family members. This article describes how technology can be used to provide s...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Czaja SJ,Rubert MP

    更新日期:2002-05-01 00:00:00

  • Longitudinal follow-up of amenorrhea in eating disorders.

    abstract::The authors recruited 229 treatment-seeking anorexic and bulimic women for a prospective, longitudinal study. Telephone interviews were arranged every 3 months for at least 1 year for 225 patients. At intake, 132 subjects were menstruating, 34 subjects were taking oral contraceptives, 5 subjects had an organic cause f...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Copeland PM,Sacks NR,Herzog DB

    更新日期:1995-03-01 00:00:00

  • The influence of concentration/meditation on autonomic nervous system activity and the innate immune response: a case study.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:In this case study, we describe the effects of a particular individual's concentration/meditation technique on autonomic nervous system activity and the innate immune response. The study participant holds several world records with regard to tolerating extreme cold and claims that he can influence his autonom...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Kox M,Stoffels M,Smeekens SP,van Alfen N,Gomes M,Eijsvogels TM,Hopman MT,van der Hoeven JG,Netea MG,Pickkers P

    更新日期:2012-06-01 00:00:00

  • Socioeconomic status and stress-related biological responses over the working day.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:The influence of low socioeconomic status on cardiovascular disease may be mediated in part by sustained activation of stress-related autonomic and neuroendocrine processes. We hypothesized that low socioeconomic status would be associated with heightened ambulatory blood pressure and cortisol output over th...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Steptoe A,Kunz-Ebrecht S,Owen N,Feldman PJ,Willemsen G,Kirschbaum C,Marmot M

    更新日期:2003-05-01 00:00:00

  • An Intervention to Change Illness Representations and Self-Care of Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Suboptimal self-care by individuals with diabetes mellitus (DM) is a significant public health concern. The common-sense model (CSM) proposes that illness representations are associated with coping and health outcomes across various conditions. The present study examined the efficacy of a CSM-based interventi...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Chan VWY,Kong APS,Lau JTF,Mak WWS,Cameron LD,Mo PKH

    更新日期:2021-01-01 00:00:00

  • Is cancer risk associated with anger control and negative affect? Findings from a prospective cohort study.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To examine the associations between anger control and negative affect and the risk of five common cancers and total cancers. Possible associations between emotional states and the risk of cancer have long been postulated. METHODS:Prospective cohort study with average follow-up of 9 years. A total of 19,730 a...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: White VM,English DR,Coates H,Lagerlund M,Borland R,Giles GG

    更新日期:2007-09-01 00:00:00

  • Regional prevalence of fatiguing illnesses in the United States before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Stress or emotional traumas are considered risk factors for unexplained fatiguing illnesses. From July to December 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a multigeographical pilot study to test the feasibility of a survey to estimate the prevalence of fatiguing illnesses in the United ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Heim C,Bierl C,Nisenbaum R,Wagner D,Reeves WC

    更新日期:2004-09-01 00:00:00

  • Effects of sleep on endotoxin-induced host responses in healthy men.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To examine whether increased sleep during viral or bacterial infections supports host defense mechanisms. METHODS:To test this assumption in humans, healthy male subjects were assigned either to sleep from 2300 to 0700 hours (n = 10) or to stay awake through the night (n = 10). In the sleeping subjects Salmo...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 临床试验,杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Haack M,Schuld A,Kraus T,Pollmächer T

    更新日期:2001-07-01 00:00:00

  • Blood pressure, ethnicity, and psychosocial resources.

    abstract::Research on psychosocial factors and cardiovascular disease has shown that psychosocial resources (including social supports and coping styles) help to protect individuals from the risk associated with psychosocial stressors. Some evidence indicates that this protective effect may extend to standard risk factors as we...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Dressler WW,Dos Santos JE,Viteri FE

    更新日期:1986-09-01 00:00:00

  • Parental history of hypertension and coping responses predict blood pressure changes in black college volunteers undergoing a speaking task about perceptions of racism.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This investigation explored the relationship of coping responses and parental history of hypertension to task-induced blood pressure changes. MATERIALS AND METHODS:The sample consisted of 215 black college student volunteers (median age = 25.95 y). During the speaking task, participants responded to standard...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Clark R

    更新日期:2003-11-01 00:00:00

  • Blood pressure response to the "second cup of coffee".

    abstract::Twenty young male coffee-drinkers consumed 150 mg of caffeine in decaffeinated coffee three times a day for 8 days. On days 3, 4, 7, and 8, caffeine or a placebo was administered in the laboratory at 11 A.M., 8 A.M., 11 A.M., and 8 A.M., respectively, in a randomized double-blind crossover design. There was a blood pr...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 临床试验,杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Goldstein IB,Shapiro D,Hui KK,Yu JL

    更新日期:1990-05-01 00:00:00

  • Socioeconomic status, antioxidant micronutrients, and correlates of oxidative damage: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To examine whether socioeconomic status (SES) (education, occupation, income), is associated both cross sectionally and prospectively with circulating concentrations of a) two correlates of oxidative damage, F(2)-isoprostanes (F(2)-IsoPs) and gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT); and b) antioxidant nutrients (asco...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Janicki-Deverts D,Cohen S,Matthews KA,Gross MD,Jacobs DR Jr

    更新日期:2009-06-01 00:00:00

  • The Effect of Light-Intensity Cycling on Mood and Working Memory in Response to a Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Design.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Prior attempts to measure psychological responses to exercise are potentially limited by a failure to account for participants' expectations, the absence of a valid exercise placebo, and demand characteristics. The purpose of this study was to explore the main and interactive effects of a manipulation designe...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lindheimer JB,OʼConnor PJ,McCully KK,Dishman RK

    更新日期:2017-02-01 00:00:00

  • Prospective examination of anxiety and depression before and during confirmed and pseudoexacerbations in patients with multiple sclerosis.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This study was designed to determine whether pseudoexacerbations and confirmed MS exacerbations are preceded by or concurrent with increased anxiety or depressive symptoms. METHODS:This was a secondary analysis of 121 patients with MS who were observed for 48 weeks during a randomized controlled trial. Parti...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Burns MN,Nawacki E,Siddique J,Pelletier D,Mohr DC

    更新日期:2013-01-01 00:00:00

  • It's more than sex: exploring the dyadic nature of sleep and implications for health.

    abstract::Sleep is a critical health behavior and one that is typically shared between husbands and wives or romantic partners. However, the science of sleep has traditionally conceptualized and evaluated sleep at the level of the individual. Considering the social context of sleep represents a significant shift in sleep resear...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Troxel WM

    更新日期:2010-07-01 00:00:00

  • Eating habits and eating disorders during pregnancy.

    abstract::A general population sample of 100 primigravid women was studied prospectively to describe the changes in eating that occur in pregnancy with particular reference to cravings and aversions and the behavior and attitudes characteristic of clinical eating disorders. Assessment was by standardized interview. Dietary crav...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Fairburn CG,Stein A,Jones R

    更新日期:1992-11-01 00:00:00

  • Tetrahydrocortisol/tetrahydrocortisone ratio (H4F/H4E) as an indicator of depressive feelings.

    abstract::Tetrahydrocortisol (H4F) and tetrahydrocortisone (H4E) were determined for a group of 15 depressed patients and 25 normal controls following the administration of cortisol-4-C14. The ratio, H4F/H4E, was significantly greater for the depressed patients than for the normal controls (P less than 0.001), although the sum ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Persky H

    更新日期:1976-01-01 00:00:00

  • Quality of life after self-management cancer rehabilitation: a randomized controlled trial comparing physical and cognitive-behavioral training versus physical training.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To conduct a randomized controlled trial and compare the effects on cancer survivors' quality of life in a 12-week group-based multidisciplinary self-management rehabilitation program, combining physical training (twice weekly) and cognitive-behavioral training (once weekly) with those of a 12-week group-base...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Korstjens I,May AM,van Weert E,Mesters I,Tan F,Ros WJ,Hoekstra-Weebers JE,van der Schans CP,van den Borne B

    更新日期:2008-05-01 00:00:00

  • Association between depression and inflammation--differences by race and sex: the META-Health study.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To test whether the association between depression and inflammation differs by race and sex. Depressive symptoms have been associated with higher levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). However, few studies have examined this association in samples including a significant number of African Americans, or examined ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Morris AA,Zhao L,Ahmed Y,Stoyanova N,De Staercke C,Hooper WC,Gibbons G,Din-Dzietham R,Quyyumi A,Vaccarino V

    更新日期:2011-07-01 00:00:00

  • Self-Rated Health and Inflammation: A Test of Depression and Sleep Quality as Mediators.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Despite its simplicity, single-item measures of self-rated health have been associated with mortality independent of objective health conditions. However, little is known about the mechanisms potentially responsible for such associations. This study tested the association between self-rated heath and inflamma...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Uchino BN,Landvatter J,Cronan S,Scott E,Papadakis M,Smith TW,Bosch JA,Joel S

    更新日期:2019-05-01 00:00:00

  • Responses to laboratory psychosocial stress in postpartum women.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Lactation has been associated with attenuated hormonal responses to exercise stress in humans. This study was designed to determine the effect of lactation on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, autonomic nervous system, and anxiety responses to psychological stress. METHOD:The Trier Social Stress Test was ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Altemus M,Redwine LS,Leong YM,Frye CA,Porges SW,Carter CS

    更新日期:2001-09-01 00:00:00

  • Altruistic social interest behaviors are associated with better mental health.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This study investigated whether altruistic social interest behaviors such as engaging in helping others were associated with better physical and mental health in a stratified random sample of 2016 members of the Presbyterian Church throughout the United States. METHODS:Mailed questionnaires evaluated giving ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Schwartz C,Meisenhelder JB,Ma Y,Reed G

    更新日期:2003-09-01 00:00:00

  • Physical activity and fatigue in breast cancer and multiple sclerosis: psychosocial mechanisms.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To examine the role of self-efficacy and depression as potential pathways from physical activity to fatigue in two study samples: breast cancer survivors (BCS) (n = 192) and individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) (n = 292). METHODS:We hypothesized that physical activity would be associated indirectly with ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: McAuley E,White SM,Rogers LQ,Motl RW,Courneya KS

    更新日期:2010-01-01 00:00:00

  • Nighttime heart rate and survival in depressed patients post acute myocardial infarction.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:To determine if: 1) depressed patients with a recent acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have higher nighttime heart rate (HR) than nondepressed patients, and 2) elevated nighttime HR is associated with decreased survival post AMI. Depression is a risk factor for mortality post AMI. It is also associated with ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Carney RM,Steinmeyer B,Freedland KE,Blumenthal JA,Stein PK,Steinhoff WA,Howells WB,Berkman LF,Watkins LL,Czajkowski SM,Domitrovich PP,Burg MM,Hayano J,Jaffe AS

    更新日期:2008-09-01 00:00:00

  • Phobic anxiety and increased risk of mortality in coronary heart disease.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:To evaluate whether phobic anxiety is associated with increased risk of cardiac mortality in individuals with established coronary heart disease (CHD) and to examine the role of reduced heart rate variability (HRV) in mediating this risk. Previous findings suggest that phobic anxiety may pose increased risk ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Watkins LL,Blumenthal JA,Babyak MA,Davidson JR,McCants CB Jr,O'Connor C,Sketch MH Jr

    更新日期:2010-09-01 00:00:00

  • Social stress influences tumor growth.

    abstract::Growth of syngeneic P815 mastocytoma in DBA/2J male mice was evaluated following social and physical stress exposure. Although social isolation following tumor cell transplantation enhanced tumor growth, it appeared that it was the abrupt change in social conditions, rather than the isolation per se which was responsi...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Sklar LS,Anisman H

    更新日期:1980-05-01 00:00:00

  • Stress exposure, psychological distress, and physiological stress activation in midlife women with insomnia.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The objective of this study was to describe perceived and polysomnograhic (PSG) sleep patterns and determine whether stress exposure, psychological distress, and physiological stress activation differed among midlife women with psychophysiologic-type (PP-type) or subjective only-type (SO-type) insomnia or no ...

    journal_title:Psychosomatic medicine

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Shaver JL,Johnston SK,Lentz MJ,Landis CA

    更新日期:2002-09-01 00:00:00