Psychological vulnerability and stress: the effects of self-affirmation on sympathetic nervous system responses to naturalistic stressors.

@article{Sherman2009PsychologicalVA,
  title={Psychological vulnerability and stress: the effects of self-affirmation on sympathetic nervous system responses to naturalistic stressors.},
  author={David K. Sherman and Debra P. Bunyan and J. David Creswell and Lisa M. Jaremka},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={2009},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={
          554-62
        }
}
  • D. Sherman, Debra P. Bunyan, +1 author L. Jaremka
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
OBJECTIVE Everyday stressors can threaten valued aspects of the self. Self-affirmation theory posits that this threat could be attenuated if individuals affirm alternative self-resources. The present study examined whether self-affirmation would buffer cumulative stress responses to an ongoing academic stressor. DESIGN Undergraduate participants provided 15-hr urine samples on the morning of their most stressful examination and baseline samples 14 days prior to the examination. Participants… Expand

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