ERIC Number: ED185135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Life Change Stress, Somatization and Blood Pressure in Blacks: A Pilot Study.
Myers, Hector F.; Miles, Ralph E.
This study investigates the relationship between the subjective feelings of being under stress and elevated blood pressure. Consistent with the evidence in the cardiovascular disease literature, it was hypothesized that black hypertensives (HPB) would appraise themselves as under greater stress than normotensives (NBP). Seventy-seven primarily low-income black males and females volunteered to participate in the study. Participants were ranked on both a Somatic Response Scale and a Subjective Stress Scale. With age effects controlled for, no significant differences were found between HBP and NBP with respect to subjective stress or in patterns of somatic symptoms when stressed. In general, the results of this pilot study were unclear and inconclusive. (Author/RLV)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Blacks, Cardiovascular System, Health, Hypertension, Stress Variables
Not available separately; See UD 020 192
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents see UD 020 192-209 and ED 181 100