Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-4369
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
Published in : Frontiers in Psychology
Volume(Issue) : 9
Issue : Artikel 2600
Pages : 1
Pages to: 10
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Frontiers Research Foundation
Issue Date: 9-Jan-2019
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
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
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-4369
10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02600
ISSN: 1664-1078
URI: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02600/full
https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14460
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