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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
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GANDARILLAS, Miguel Angel; CAMARA, Sheila Gonçalves and SCARPARO, Helena. Social stressors of high blood pressure in deprived communities. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2005, vol.18, n.1, pp. 62-71. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722005000100009.
The origins of systemic high blood pressure has been studied from a wide array of different approaches. Researches suggests a very close connection between social environment stressors and all the manifestations of the disease itself. The present study deals with relevant social stressors that might be related to the high rates of high blood pressure found among the inhabitants of Vila Nossa Senhora de Fátima, a poor neighborhood in Porto Alegre, Brasil. Results, when compared to those comming from samples from different contexts of the same city, suggest an important relationship between certain social circunstances and the evolution of the hypertension desease. The discussion points to the importance of building up ciitzenship as a tool for health participation and promotion.
Keywords : High blood pressure; social stressors; social status; quality of life.