One possible explanation for the lack of a relationship observed between changes in immune/endocrine parameters and health status is that prior studies relied heavily on self-reported measures of health outcomes whose links to specific immune or endocrine parameters are unclear. In order to identify and examine the neuroendocrine mechanisms mediating the health consequences of conjugal bereavement, a new paradigm is needed to link loss-induced physiological changes to an objective health outcome that can be monitored and assessed longitudinally. Recent advances in woundhealing research have shown clearly that the healing of experimental cutaneous wounds is a reliable and valid index of health outcome in the context of chronic stress.
Physical Health Outcomes of Conjugal Bereavement: A Psychoneuroendocrine Model of Resilience- Julian C L Lai
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