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The Biobehavioral Family Model: Close relationships and allostatic load


  • Priest, Jacob B.
  • Woods, Sarah B.
  • Maier, Candice A.
  • Parker, Elizabeth Oshrin
  • Benoit, Jenna A.
  • Roush, Tara R.


This study tested the inclusion of allostatic load as an expansion of the biobehavioral reactivity measurement in the Biobehavioral Family Model (BBFM). The BBFM is a biopsychosocial approach to health which proposes biobehavioral reactivity (anxiety and depression) mediates the relationship between family emotional climate and disease activity.

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  • Priest, Jacob B. & Woods, Sarah B. & Maier, Candice A. & Parker, Elizabeth Oshrin & Benoit, Jenna A. & Roush, Tara R., 2015. "The Biobehavioral Family Model: Close relationships and allostatic load," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 142(C), pages 232-240.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:142:y:2015:i:c:p:232-240
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.026

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    1. Roberson, Patricia N.E. & Shorter, Rebecca L. & Woods, Sarah & Priest, Jacob, 2018. "How health behaviors link romantic relationship dysfunction and physical health across 20 years for middle-aged and older adults," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 201(C), pages 18-26.


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