An interpersonal analysis of psychosocial stress and sleep

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Author Gunn, Heather E.
Title An interpersonal analysis of psychosocial stress and sleep
Date 2012-12
Description Psychosocial stress is strongly related to sleep disturbance; however, little is known about the specific interpersonal aspects of stress that are associated with sleep quality and presleep arousal (PSA). Structured interviews from 76 participants (53% female) about a recent stressful event were objectively coded for interpersonal patterns using Structural Analysis of Social Behavior. Sleep quality and PSA were assessed with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the presleep Arousal Scale. Stressor narratives characterized by higher trust in others were associated with lower overall PSQI scores, less daytime dysfunction, and shorter reported sleep onset latencies. Stressor narratives characterized by hostile distancing (i.e., isolation and withdrawal) were associated with higher cognitive PSA. Findings highlight the importance of perceived interpersonal safety versus threat in the context of stressful events and sleep quality.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Interpersonal; Presleep arousal; Sleep; Stress
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Heather E. Gunn 2012
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 408,600 bytes
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Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2012-12-19
Date Modified 2017-08-16
ID 195735
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s61267gz