Sociotropic Cognition Moderates Stress-Induced Cardiovascular Responsiveness in College Women

Marie D. Sauro, Randall S. Jorgensen, Cynthia A. Larson, James J. Frankowski, Craig K. Ewart, Julian White

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This study examined the moderating effects of sociotropic cognition (SC), a nondefensive need for approval, on stress-induced cardiovascular responsiveness (CVR) in women. Sixty-seven college-age females had blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) monitored during baseline, anticipation, story-telling (where participants were randomly assigned to a low or high threat condition), and recovery periods. SC showed a positive association with CVR only in the high interpersonal threat context during task and early stages of the recovery periods. SC was positively correlated with such variables as anxiety, ruminative style, dysphoria, and anger. This is the first report examining the moderating effects of SC on interpersonal stress-induced CVR prior to, during, and following a task, using an explicit manipulation of social evaluation. The data help define risk factors for CVR in women, which may aid in the understanding of how emotions and stress affect physical health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-439
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2001


  • Cardiovascular responsiveness
  • Hypertension
  • Sociotropy
  • Women's health issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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