Daily stress and anxiety and their relation to daily fluctuations of symptoms in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients

Anthony J. Goreczny, Phillip J. Brantley, Ray R. Buss, William F. Waters

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Abstract

Although stress and anxiety have long been assumed to play an exacerbatory role in asthma, no study has systematically documented that daily exacerbations of asthma symptoms are related to stress and/or anxiety. In this study, 24 airways obstruction patients (12 asthmatics and 12 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients) were instructed to monitor the severity of daily respiratory symptoms. In addition, subjects recorded their daily anxiety level and the number and perceived impact of daily stressors. The results showed that although there were differences between high- and low-stress days for both groups, there were no differences between groups on symptom severity or between high- and low-anxiety days, as measured by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Thus, although the number and impact of daily stressors were found to be directly associated with the severity of asthma symptoms, anxiety does not appear to have a direct role in the exacerbation of asthma. The findings failed to support the anxiety theory of asthma but provided an explanation for the poor results obtained in previous treatment studies which employed anxiety management with asthmatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • asthma
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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