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    Does hugging provide stress-buffering social support?

    • Cohen, Sheldon
    • Janicki-Deverts, Denise
    • Turner, Ronald B.
    • Doyle, William J.

    Perceived social support has been hypothesized to protect against the pathogenic effects of stress. How such protection might be conferred, however, is not well understood. Using a sample of 404 healthy adults, we examined the roles of perceived social support and received hugs in buffering against interpersonal stress-induced susceptibility to infectious disease. Perceived support was assessed by...

    • Disease Susceptibility
    • Interpersonal Relations
    • Psychology
    • Respiratory Tract Infections
    • Social Support
    • Stress, Psychological
    • Touch
    • Virology
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