Keywords

Cardiovascular, couples, dyadic adjustment, distress, intervention, oxytocin, relationship quality, social support

Abstract

Prior studies report that couples with higher relationship quality show higher oxytocin (OT) levels, yet other studies report those with higher distress have increased OT. This study investigated these competing predictions in the context of a support enhancement intervention among 34 young married couples (N = 68). Preintervention marital quality (Dyadic Adjustment Scale) was examined for associations with plasma and salivary OT levels 4 weeks apart and for changes between these time points within the intervention group. High relationship quality, not distress, was associated with higher OT in both saliva and plasma at both time points. No significant interaction was found between marital quality and intervention condition; relationship quality and support intervention were both independently associated with higher postintervention OT levels.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

The Authors

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Psychology

Included in

Psychology Commons

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