Cardiovascular reactivity to a naturally occurring stressor: Development and psychometric evaluation of a psychophysiological assessment procedure

Richard L. Hazlett, Shelley Falkin, William Lawhorn, Elizabeth Friedman, Stephen N. Haynes

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    Abstract

    Three studies were conducted to examine the feasibility, reactive effects of assessment, sampling parameters, and sensitivity of an assessment procedure designed to measure cardiovascular responses to a discrete, naturally occurring, and replicatable stressor-university course examinations. Undergraduate students monitored their blood pressure and heart rate times during one or two classroom examinations and for several class preceding each examination. Classroom examinations were generally with significant increases in subjective measures of distress and cardiovascular measures. Reactive effects of assessment and other sources of error were minimized and responses were reasonably gable over time. These results support the potential utility, validity, and cost-efficiency of this methodology for assessing cardiovascular reactivity to naturally occurring stressors.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)551-570
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
    Volume20
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

    Keywords

    • Blood pressure
    • Cardiovascular reactivity
    • Heart rate
    • Natural stressor
    • Psychophysiological assessment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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