Researchers found that men encounter strenuous enmity in the relationship.
This may not be surprising to many, but researchers have found that men and women have different reactions from stress to relationship conflict.
Researchers in Pennsylvania have studied couples who expect their first child to see their stress levels. The amount of cortisol that causes stress hormones in your saliva is measured during a discussion about conflict issues. They found that when there was a higher level of hostility during the conflict, men were exposed to more stressful reactions, but pregnant women did not.
“It has been shown that the enmity and negativity in the relationship have a significant impact on the mental health and well-being of the couple in the future,” said Mark Feinberg, professor of science at the Center for Research for Prevention. Human Development in Pennsylvania. Press release.
“It is particularly important to understand how conflict in the relationship can affect stress during pregnancy, since maternal stress is related to the health problems of both the mother and the child,” Feinberg added.
The participants in the study were 138 couples of different sexes who were expecting the first children. First, parents with two six-minute interviews were recorded discussing something unrelated to their relationship.
After that, ask them to talk about three problems in their relationship, such as money or housework. During the interviews, the researchers collected samples of the participants’ saliva to measure cortisol levels. The researchers collected the first sample before the video recording, the second sample after the conflict discussion and the third sample after 20 minutes of the second sample to determine if cortisol levels had decreased, suggesting a cure for stress.
They found that the greatest antagonism in the discussion of conflicts led to an increase in cortisol levels in men. The same pattern was not found for women. Researchers speculate that this may be due to high cortisol levels during pregnancy, but they do not know for sure.
For men who are generally concerned, the expressed hostility has also been associated with greater stability in this high tension, “Feinberg said.
The study was published in the British Journal of Psychology.
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