n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - The contributions of psychophysiological symptoms, age and environment to hypertension




Psychosocial factors are important in the aetiology and progress of essential hypertension. This paper looked at the relationship between some psychosocial variables and blood pressure. Two hundred subjects (M = 100, F = 100) belonging to 26 professional groups drawn from three Nigerian states were administered individually (a) a twelve item biodata instrument, (b) modified psychophysiological test. The subjects' blood pressures were taken. Result showed that some variables were significantly associated with blood pressure and while psychophysiological symptoms, age and environment contributed significantly to elevated arterial blood pressure.


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