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Effects of Romantic Affection on Blood Chemistry and Immune Parameters

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00482404
First Posted: June 5, 2007
Last Update Posted: June 5, 2007
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Collaborator:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Arizona State University
  Purpose
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.

Condition Intervention Phase
Stress Hypercholesterolemia Behavioral: Romantic kissing Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Study of the Effects of Romantic Affection on Blood Lipids, Blood Glucose, C-Reactive Protein, and Antibodies to Latent Epstein-Barr Virus

Further study details as provided by Arizona State University:

Study Start Date: February 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2007
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

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
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00482404


Sponsors and Collaborators
Arizona State University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Kory Floyd, PhD Arizona State University
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00482404     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1001 R03 MH075757-01A1
First Submitted: June 4, 2007
First Posted: June 5, 2007
Last Update Posted: June 5, 2007
Last Verified: June 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypercholesterolemia
Hyperlipidemias
Dyslipidemias
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases