Navigation Links
Unlike Fine Wine, Crabby People Don't Age Well

Seniors who reported more interpersonal conflicts had more health problems, study found

FRIDAY, Feb. 15 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that getting along with others is more than a key to pleasant human interaction. It also appears to be good for your health.

Researchers who studied a survey of almost 700 older adults found that those who got along with their relatives, friends and neighbors were less likely to report health problems and physical limitations.

The findings don't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between social life and health. Still, "the take-home message is that conflict in your life may have important impacts on your physical health," said study lead author Jason T. Newsom, associate professor at the Portland State University School of Community Health in Oregon.

There's nothing really new about a supposed link between attitude and health, but Newsom said his study was unique, because it looked specifically at interactions between people.

Newsom and his colleagues looked at the results of a multi-year national survey of people aged 65 to 90. A total of 666 people completed the survey, in which researchers asked them questions about their lives and their health.

Many of the questions were designed to reveal whether the study participants were prone to have "negative social interactions" with other people, Newsom said. The questions asked whether "people have interfered or meddled in your personal matters, have they acted unsympathetically or been critical of you. We asked them in a very general way," he said.

The survey didn't ask whether the participants were the instigators of negative encounters -- by being crabby or cranky, for instance -- or the victims of others who made their lives difficult.

The researchers found that those who reported more negative social encounters suffered greater declines in health.

"What we suspect is that there's some impact on the immune system, but there are other kinds of things that might be happening as well," Newsom said. "It may be that when there's a great deal of interpersonal conflict going on in someone's life, they're not able to take care of medical conditions as well."

The findings were published in the journal Health Psychology.

The study authors noted that their research had limitations. It only looked at senior citizens and relied on their own estimates of their health status instead of physical examinations, for one, and only examined changes over two years.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, director of the Ohio State University College of Medicine's Division of Health Psychology, said the new study came from "a group of excellent investigators." But, she added, she would like to have seen more analysis of whether the study participants were depressed.

"When people are blue, they tend to be overly sensitive to negative interactions, to feel that others are often unsympathetic -- and then they behave in ways that tend to elicit even more negative behaviors from others," Kiecolt-Glaser said. "They're cranky and critical and cantankerous. If you're seeing the world through dark-colored glasses, you're more likely to focus on how unsympathetic or insensitive other people act toward you, and there's a big element of self-fulfilling prophecy."

Newsom acknowledged that it's no easy task to make people get along better. But, he said, studies have shown that one approach -- conflict-resolution training -- actually works.

More information

To learn more about conflict-resolution training, visit the University of Wisconsin.

SOURCES: Jason Newsom, Ph.D., associate professor, Portland State University School of Community Health, Oregon; Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D., director, Division of Health Psychology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus; Health Psychology

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. U.S. Unlikely to Meet Target for TB Elimination
2. Severe Asthma Unlike Mild Asthma
3. Switching to MA Coverage Unlikely for Current Beneficiaries With MediGap or Medicare Only
4. R rating might be unlikely to affect teens exposure to smoking in movies
5. Finasteride unlikely to induce high grade prostate cancers
6. A Little Wine, Sunlight Help Boost Womens Health
7. Wine, women and... spirits, beer and breast cancer risk
8. Kaiser Permanente study: Alcohol amount, not type -- wine, beer, liquor -- triggers breast cancer
9. Hypoglycemia Alert Dogs Offer Assistance to People with Diabetes
10. The beauty bias: Can people love the one they are compatible with?
11. Lupus Foundation of America Launches Website Message Boards to Connect People With Lupus
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... has been recognized once again for its stellar workplace culture with the company’s ... , Medical Solutions’ Cincinnati office was named a finalist in Cincinnati ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... For the first time, Vitalalert is ... One Beat ” campaign. The partnership between the two groups began in 2014 with ... International’s cause. , MAP International was founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Wimbledon Health Partners, ... new Wimbledon Athletics Facebook page to educate the public, parents and ... abnormalities. About 2,000 people under the age of 25 die from sudden cardiac ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Beddit® has launched ... Classic sleep tracking systems. The new app features a more intuitive SleepScore™ that rates ... how well you slept. The SleepScore is created by a proprietary algorithm. Beddit analyzes ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Castlewood ... people struggling with eating disorders as a result of the $20,000 raised at ... held at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, will help individuals who otherwise ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... November 25, 2015 Developmental, commercial, ... boosting the profitability of pharmaceutical products, says GBI ... and regulatory/legal strategies all play a key role ... GBI Research . --> Developmental, ... key role in boosting the profitability of pharmaceutical products, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ( ) ... - Global Forecast to 2020" report to their ... for 37.21% of the total market share in 2014. ... region is projected to growth at the highest CAGR ... primarily to the fast growing water, industrial gas treatment, ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... November 25, 2015 ... addition of the  "Global Drug Device ... to their offering.  --> ... of the  "Global Drug Device Combination ... their offering.  --> Research ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: