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Perceived stress as a predictor of the self-reported new diagnosis of symptomatic CHD in older women

Strodl, Esben, Kenardy, Justin, & Aroney, Con (2003) Perceived stress as a predictor of the self-reported new diagnosis of symptomatic CHD in older women. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10(3), pp. 205-220.

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Abstract

This article describes one aspect of a prospective cohort study of 10,432 women aged between 70 and 75 years. After a 3-year period, 503 women self-reported a new diagnosis by a doctor of angina or myocardial infarction (symptomatic coronary heart disease [CHD]). Time one psychosocial variables (Duke Social Support Index, time pressure, Perceived Stress Scale, Mental Health Index, having a partner, educational attainment, and location of residence) were analyzed using univariate binary logistic regression for their ability to predict subsequent symptomatic CHD. Of these variables, the Duke Social Support Index, Perceived Stress Scale and the Mental Health Index were found to be significant predictors of symptomatic CHD diagnosis. Only the Perceived Stress Scale, however, proved to be a significant independent predictor. After controlling for time one nonpsychosocial variables, as well as the frequency of family doctor visits, perceived stress remained a significant predictor of the new diagnosis of symptomatic CHD in this cohort of older women over a 3-year period.

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ID Code: 17022
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: perceived stress, predictors, coronary heart disease, older women
ISSN: 1070-5503
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
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Deposited On: 19 Dec 2008 08:18
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:31

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