Older Spouses’ Cortisol Responses to Marital Conflict: Associations With Demand/Withdraw Communication Patterns

@article{Heffner2006OlderSC,
  title={Older Spouses’ Cortisol Responses to Marital Conflict: Associations With Demand/Withdraw Communication Patterns},
  author={Kathi L. Heffner and Timothy J. Loving and Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser and Lina Kurniasih Himawan and Ronald Glaser and William B. Malarkey},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={29},
  pages={317-325}
}
We examined 31 older couples’ wife demand/husband withdraw communication patterns and cortisol responses to marital conflict. Regression analyses indicated that wife demand/husband withdraw sequences during conflict related to cortisol responses only for wives. Based on a mixed model that accounted for the interdependence of spouses’ perceptions of communication patterns and outcomes, older spouses who reported greater wife demand/husband withdraw patterns in their marriage had greater cortisol… CONTINUE READING