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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Dyadic coping and its underlying neuroendocrine mechanisms : implications for stress regulation
Authors: Zietlow, Anna-Lena
Eckstein, Monika
Hernández, Cristóbal
Nonnenmacher, Nora
Reck, Corinna
Schär Gmelch, Marcel
Bodenmann, Guy
Heinrichs, Markus
Ditzen, Beate
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-4369
Published in: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume(Issue): 9
Issue: 2600
Page(s): 1
Pages to: 10
Issue Date: 9-Jan-2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-1078
Language: English
Subjects: dyadic coping; couple conflict; oxytocin; HPA-axis; Cortisol; relationship satisfaction
Subject (DDC): 158: Applied psychology
610: Medicine and health
616.89: Mental disorders, clinical psychology and psychiatry
Abstract: Previous research suggests that neuroendocrine mechanisms underlie inter-individual stress coping in couples. The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT), while regulating stresssensitive HPA-axis activity might be crucial in this process. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of dyadic coping abilities and OT on HPA-axis outcomes and constructive behavior during couple conflict. We conducted a secondary analysis of our previous database (Ditzen et al., 2009), assessing the modulating role of dyadic coping and intranasal OT on couple conflict behavior. The data revealed a significant interaction effect of the dyadic coping by oneself score and OT on cortisol responses during couple conflict, suggesting that particularly individuals with low a priori dyadic coping benefit from OT in terms of dampened HPA-activity. The results are in line with previous research suggesting OT’s central role for stress regulation and prosocial behavior. Furthermore, an interaction with dyadic coping indicates adaptations in the sensitivity of the OT system during the individual attachment and relationship history. These data add to the evidence that the neuroendocrine attachment systems influence couple behavior. Future studies of neurobiological mechanisms underlying dyadic coping will be of high relevance for the development of prevention and intervention programs.
Further description: This article was submitted to Clinical and Health Psychology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP)
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