Well-being under chronic stress: is morningness an advantage?

Buschkens, Jane, Graham, Deborah, and Cottrell, David (2010) Well-being under chronic stress: is morningness an advantage? Stress and Health, 26 (4). pp. 330-340.

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Abstract

This study investigated whether morningness was associated with better quality of life in individuals experiencing chronic stress. Thirty-one informal primary carers and 35 non-carers completed self-report measures of time-of-day preference, stress and well-being. The data were collected as part of a broader study of circadian rhythmicity under conditions of prolonged stress. There was a significant interaction between diurnal preference and caregiving, with morningness associated with better well-being outcomes in those providing long-term home care. It appears that chronic arousal, but not perceived stress, plays a role in this morningness–carer interaction, with lower arousal levels also evident in carers with a greater preference for morningness. These results point to a possible role for circadian influences in the relationship between stress and subjective well-being.

Item ID: 8998
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-2998
Keywords: morningness; subjective well-being; informal caregivers; chronic stress
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 04:37
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health @ 100%
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