, Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 110-120
Date: 19 Oct 2012

Affective Reactivity to Daily Stressors and Long-Term Risk of Reporting a Chronic Physical Health Condition

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Abstract

Background

Daily stressors, such as an argument with a spouse or an impending deadline, are associated with short-term changes in physical health symptoms. Whether these minor hassles have long-term physical health ramifications, however, is largely unknown.

Purpose

The current study examined whether exposure and reactivity to daily stressors is associated with long-term risk of reporting a chronic physical health condition.

Methods

Participants (N = 435) from the National Study of Daily Experiences completed a series of daily diary interviews between 1995 and 1996 and again 10 years later.

Results

Greater affective (i.e., emotional) reactivity to daily stressors at time 1 was associated with an increased risk of reporting a chronic physical health condition at time 2.

Conclusion

Results indicate that how people respond to the daily stressors in their lives is predictive of future chronic health conditions.