Social Support and CHD Risk Factors--A Community Study

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted : June 24, 2005
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Brief Summary:
To examine the mechanism through which social support affects morbidity and mortality from coronary heart disease.

Condition or disease
Cardiovascular Diseases Heart Diseases Coronary Disease

Detailed Description:


Two hypotheses have been proposed to account for the effects of social support on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Both hypotheses operate through effects on risk factors for coronary heart disease, specifically arterial blood pressure and serum lipids. The stress- buffering hypothesis states that social support functions as a social resource for individuals exposed to social stressors; those persons with more support are less vulnerable to the risk-enhancing effects of stressors. The health behavior hypothesis states that persons with more support engage in more positive health behaviors, such as avoiding tobacco; moderate alcohol use; exercise; and, a prudent diet. A major limitation in research to evaluate these alternative hypotheses has been the failure to conceptualize and measure social support in a way appropriate to detect its effects in varying social and cultural contexts. This is a major issue in research in sub-cultural communities that are also high risk communities, such as African-Americans.


A cross-sectional survey of social stressors, social supports, health behaviors, and arterial blood pressure and serum lipids was conducted in a Black community in the rural South to evaluate the relative strengths of the stress-buffering versus the health behavior hypothesis. Social support was measured using a culturally appropriate technique which was sensitive both to the distinction between kin and nonkin social support, and the modification of the effects of that support by generational status. Multiple regression analysis and path analysis were used to evaluate the alternative hypotheses.

Study Type : Observational
Study Start Date : January 1993
Study Completion Date : December 1995

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria

Publications: Identifier: NCT00005343     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4206
First Posted: May 26, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 24, 2005
Last Verified: May 2000

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Coronary Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Vascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases