Psychological interventions and the immune system: a meta-analytic review and critique
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Psychological interventions and the immune system
Abstract: 

This article reviews evidence for the hypothesis that psychological interventions can modulate the immune response in humans and presents a series of models depicting the psychobiological pathways through which this might occur. Although more than 85 trials have been conducted, meta-analyses reveal only modest evidence that interventions can reliably alter immune parameters. The most consistent evidence emerges from hypnosis and conditioning trials. Disclosure and stress management show scattered evidence of success. Relaxation demonstrates little capacity to elicit immune change. Although these data provide only modest evidence of successful immune modulation, it would be premature to conclude that the immune system is unresponsive to psychological interventions. This literature has important conceptual and methodological issues that need to be resolved before any definitive conclusions can be reached.

Author(s): 
Miller, G. E.
Cohen, S.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Journal Abbreviation: 
Health Psychol
Publication Date: 
2001-01
Publication Year: 
2001
Pages: 
47-63
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
0278-6133
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 11199066

Turabian/Chicago Citation

G. E. Miller and S. Cohen. 2001-01. "Psychological interventions and the immune system: a meta-analytic review and critique." Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association 20: 1: 47-63.

Wikipedia Citation

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