Patterns of social desirability and anger in young men with a parental history of hypertension: association with cardiovascular activity.

R. S. Jorgensen, P. D. Gelling, L. Kliner

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Abstract

We identified, via cluster analysis, subgroups of young men with a parental history of hypertension (PH+) who differed in their profiles of need for approval, covert experience of anger, and extent to which they express anger when provoked. The PH+ subgroup with high need for approval and low anger acknowledgment scored higher on denial but lower on measures of angry temperament and overt display of anger than did the PH+ subgroup with low need for approval and high anger acknowledgment or men without a parental history of hypertension (PH-). Moreover, the PH+ subgroup with high need for approval and low anger acknowledgment manifested significantly higher stressor-induced blood pressure (BP) responsivity than did the other two groups. Possible relations between parental history status, need for approval, anger, BP reactivity, and essential hypertension are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-412
Number of pages10
JournalHealth psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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