Influence of a "warm touch" support enhancement intervention among married couples on ambulatory blood pressure, oxytocin, alpha amylase, and cortisol.

@article{HoltLunstad2008InfluenceOA,
  title={Influence of a "warm touch" support enhancement intervention among married couples on ambulatory blood pressure, oxytocin, alpha amylase, and cortisol.},
  author={Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Wendy A Birmingham and Kathleen C. Light},
  journal={Psychosomatic medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={70 9},
  pages={976-85}
}
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether a support intervention (warm touch enhancement) influences physiological stress systems that are linked to important health outcomes. Growing evidence points to a protective effect of social and emotional support on both morbidity and mortality. METHODS In this study, 34 healthy married couples (n = 68), aged 20 to 39 years (mean = 25.2 years), were randomly assigned to a "behavior monitoring" control group or participated in a 4-week intervention study in… CONTINUE READING
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