Effects of Romantic Affection on Blood Chemistry and Immune Parameters

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Arizona State University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00482404
First received: June 4, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: June 2007
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June 4, 2007
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Effects of Romantic Affection on Blood Chemistry and Immune Parameters
Study of the Effects of Romantic Affection on Blood Lipids, Blood Glucose, C-Reactive Protein, and Antibodies to Latent Epstein-Barr Virus

This trial tests the hypothesis that increasing nonverbal affection in romantic relationships will improve blood lipid parameters (total cholesterol, high and low density lipoproteins, triglycerides), blood glucose, and immune parameters (C-reactive protein and antibodies to latent Epstein-Barr virus). 52 healthy cohabiting romantic couples took part. In half of the couples, one partner increased the frequency of romantic kissing with the other partner during the six-week trial. The other couples received no such instruction. Blood tests performed before and after the trial were used to assess the health outcomes.

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Interventional
Phase 0
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Stress
  • Hypercholesterolemia
Behavioral: Romantic kissing
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
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May 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18+ years of age;
  • English-speaking;
  • Current co-habitation with romantic partner

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of hypercholesterolemia;
  • Current pregnancy;
  • Current use of blood-thinning agents;
  • Greater than moderate anxiety about giving capillary blood;
  • Weight of less than 110 pounds
Both
18 Years to 80 Years
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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NCT00482404
1001 R03 MH075757-01A1
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Arizona State University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Kory Floyd, PhD Arizona State University
Arizona State University
June 2007

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