Dimensions of anger-hostility and cardiovascular reactivity in provoked and angered men.

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Journal Article

This study investigated the relationship between two dimensions of anger-hostility--the expression of anger-hostility and the experience of anger-hostility--and cardiovascular reactivity in provoked and angered men. A serial subtraction task was administered to 41 male undergraduates who were provoked and angered. A measure of the expression of anger-hostility correlated positively and significantly with systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) reactivity. There were no significant correlations between a measure of the experience of anger-hostility and cardiovascular reactivity. The two types of anger-hostility were also found to relate differentially to life-style variables that have been identified as risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD), with only the expression of anger-hostility showing positive relationships with these life-style CHD risk factors. These findings are discussed within the context of a similar differential relationship between the two dimensions of anger-hostility and CAD and CHD. Finally, significant negative relationships were obtained between the experience of anger-hostility and resting BP and heart rate levels. These findings are discussed within the context of other data suggesting that trait anxiety-neuroticism may have protective properties.

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Cited Authors

  • Siegman, AW; Anderson, R; Herbst, J; Boyle, S; Wilkinson, J

Published Date

  • June 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 257 - 272

PubMed ID

  • 1625338

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1625338

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-7715

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States