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The Influence of Communication on Physiology and Health


Edited By James M. Honeycutt, Chris R. Sawyer and Shaughan Keaton

There is a significant amount of research that substantiates the connection between social support/relationships and the development, onset, and/or recovery of several physical diseases/illnesses. Research has shown, for example, that an unhappy marriage can increase the likelihood of becoming ill by 35% while stressful communication can lead to an increase in cardiovascular reactivity which in turn increases the risk of coronary heart disease and premature mortality.
This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the influences of communication on physiology and physical health status occurring in a variety of contexts, from families, interpersonal relationships, and public speaking to sport fandom, affection, fear, and the escalation of conflict. It offers a broad and up-to-date review of the relevant literature in this area of study.
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The influence of communication on physiology and health / edited by James M. Honeycutt, Chris R. Sawyer, Shaughan A. Keaton. p. cm. — (Health communication; Vol. 7) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Social interaction. 2. Interpersonal communication. 3. Mental health. 4. Health. I. Honeycutt, James M., editor of compilation. II. Sawyer, Chris R., editor of compilation. III. Keaton, Shaughan A., editor of compilation. IV. Series: Health communication (New York, N.Y.); v. 7. 2153-1277 [DNLM: 1. Evoked Potentials—physiology. 2. Verbal Behavior—physiology. 3. Health Status. 4. Stress, Physiological. BF 455] HM111.I54 302—dc23 2014000353 ISBN 978-1-4331-2219-4 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1316-1 (e-book) ISSN 2153-1277

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