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Interpersonal Relationships and HealthSocial and Clinical Psychological Mechanisms$
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Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.001.0001

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Relationship Researchers Put the “Psycho” in Psychoneuroimmunology

Relationship Researchers Put the “Psycho” in Psychoneuroimmunology

(p.15) Chapter 1 Relationship Researchers Put the “Psycho” in Psychoneuroimmunology
Interpersonal Relationships and Health

Timothy J. Loving

Elizabeth Keneski

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a brief history of the field of psychoneuroimmunology, with a specific focus on the developments most relevant to close relationship research. The manner in which psychological factors are treated in psychoneuroimmunological studies is highlighted as are the limitations of applying overly simplistic labels (e.g., stress) to complex psychological processes. Extant work on adult attachment is presented as an example of the contributions close relationship researchers can make to psychoneuroimmunology when they remain mindful of how their work fits within broader psychoneuroimmunological and health outcomes research. In turn, close relationships researchers are argued to have much to gain theoretically and practically by a concerted effort to integrate mainstream psychoneuroimmunological models into close relationship research.

Keywords:   psychoneuroimmunology, close relationships, stress, health, adult attachment

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