Finding positive meaning and its association with natural killer cell cytotoxicity among participants in a bereavement-related disclosure intervention.

@article{Bower2003FindingPM,
  title={Finding positive meaning and its association with natural killer cell cytotoxicity among participants in a bereavement-related disclosure intervention.},
  author={Julienne E. Bower and Margaret E. Kemeny and Shelley E. Taylor and John L. Fahey},
  journal={Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={25 2},
  pages={146-55}
}
This study tested the hypothesis that cognitive processing about a past bereavement would produce increases in goals and priorities indicative of finding positive meaning from the loss. It was further hypothesized that increases in meaning-related goals would be associated with changes in immune function, specifically increased natural killer cell cytotoxicity (NKCC). Cognitive processing was manipulated using written emotional disclosure. Forty-three women who had lost a close relative to… CONTINUE READING

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