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The Relationships between Expressing and Experiencing Anger and Cardiovascular Reactivity


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  • 怒り表出・経験と心臓血管系反応の関連について
  • イカリ ヒョウシュツ ・ ケイケン ト シンゾウ ケッカンケイ ハンノウ ノ カンレン ニ ツイテ

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between anger dimensions and cardiovascular reactivity. 202 university students were asked to complete Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BAQ) and 32 of them (13 male and 19 female) were asked to take part in the experiment.<br>After the rest period, the subjects executed mirror-drawing task two times: they performed the task normally (control condition) and they were harassed during their task performing (interpersonal stress condition).<br>Factor analysis for BAQ revealed 3 factors: “anger expression”, “anger experience”, and “assertiveness”. Correlation coefficient between 3 factors and cardiovascular changes from control condition to interpersonal stress condition indicated that “anger expression” were related to increasing systolic blood pressure significantly.<br>These results are in agreement with recent cross-sectional studies in Japan, suggesting that “anger expression” may be related to coronary heart disease. There is a possibility that episodic anger expression with interpersonal conflict can cause coronary heart disease.


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