Evaluating the effects of coping style on allostatic load, by sex: The Jackson heart study, 2000-2004

Cristina A. Fernandez, Eric B. Loucks, Kristopher L. Arheart, De Marc A. Hickson, Robert Kohn, Stephen L. Buka, Annie Gjelsvik

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine the cross-sectional association between coping styles and allostatic load among African American adults in the Jackson Heart Study (2000-2004). Coping styles were assessed using the Coping Strategies Inventory-Short Form; allostatic load was measured by using 9 biomarkers standardized into z-scores. Sex-stratified multivariable linear regressions indicated that females who used disengagement coping styles had significantly higher allostatic load scores (β = 0.016; 95% CI, 0.001-0.032); no such associations were found in males. Future longitudinal investigations should examine why disengagement coping style is linked to increased allostatic load to better inform effective interventions and reduce health disparities among African American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number150166
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
Volume12
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Fernandez, C. A., Loucks, E. B., Arheart, K. L., Hickson, D. M. A., Kohn, R., Buka, S. L., & Gjelsvik, A. (2015). Evaluating the effects of coping style on allostatic load, by sex: The Jackson heart study, 2000-2004. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12(10), [150166]. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.150166