Health complaints, stress, and distress: exploring the central role of negative affectivity.

@article{Watson1989HealthCS,
  title={Health complaints, stress, and distress: exploring the central role of negative affectivity.},
  author={David Watson and James W. Pennebaker},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={1989},
  volume={96 2},
  pages={
          234-54
        }
}
Most current models in health psychology assume that stress adversely affects physical health. We re-examined this assumption by reviewing extensive data from the literature and from six samples of our own, in which we collected measures of personality, health and fitness, stress, and current emotional functioning. Results indicate that self-report health measures reflect a pervasive mood disposition of negative affectivity (NA); self-report stress scales also contain a substantial NA component… 

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