Religiosity, Education, John Henryism Active Coping, and Cardiovascular Responses to Anger Recall for African American Men


Journal Article

© 2018, © The Author(s) 2018. The present study examined if high levels of religious attendance (ORG), private religious activity (NOR), or intrinsic religiosity (SUB) buffer cardiovascular responses to active speech and anger recall lab stressors alone and by John Henryism Active Coping (JHAC) and educational attainment. A sample of 74 healthy African American males, aged 23 to 47 years, completed psychosocial surveys and a lab reactivity protocol involving active speech and anger recall with a 5-minute baseline and ensuing recovery periods. Measures of religiosity, JHAC, and education were related to continuous measures of systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP), for each task and rest period with repeated measures ANOVA tests. The period by education by JHAC interaction effect was significant for diastolic BP responses at low but not higher NOR. At low education and low NOR, diastolic BP levels increased significantly during anger recall and ensuing recovery for high but not low JHAC persons. Thus, being deprived of education and private religious activity may put these African American men in a vulnerable situation where higher effort coping may exacerbate their cardiovascular reactivity and recovery to anger induction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ayazi, M; Johnson, KT; Merritt, MM; Di Paolo, MR; Edwards, CL; Koenig, HG; Bennett, GG; Whitfield, KA; Barker, CS

Published Date

  • May 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 295 - 321

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4558

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0095-7984

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0095798418765859

Citation Source

  • Scopus