Spouses' cardiovascular reactivity to their partners' suffering.

  title={Spouses' cardiovascular reactivity to their partners' suffering.},
  author={Joan K. Monin and Richard Schulz and Lynn M Martire and J. Richard Jennings and Jennifer H. Lingler and Martin S. Greenberg},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  volume={65B 2},
A laboratory study of older adults with osteoarthritis and their spouses was conducted to examine the unique influence of exposure to suffering on caregivers' risk for impaired psychological and physical health. Spouses' blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were monitored during 2 tasks designed to capture their partners' suffering. First, spouses watched their partners (and a stranger) carry heavy logs across an 8-ft space for 3 min, a task that elicited pain expression. Second, spouses… CONTINUE READING
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