Assessment and Modification of Coronary-Prone Behavior

A Transactional View of the Person in Social Context
  • Timothy W. Smith
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


The coronary-prone behavior pattern or personality style has been a central focus of the developing fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine for several decades. It has also been the subject of considerable controversy, with opinions ranging from general acceptance (Cooper, Detre, & Weiss, 1981) to outright condemnation (Angell, 1985). One product of this vigorous debate has been a change in the conceptual and empirical description of coronary-prone behavior. Additionally, models of the psychosomatic mechanisms linking behavior and disease have both broadened and become more detailed (Siegman & Dembroski, 1989). During this period of evolution and refinement of issues, important demonstrations of the potential clinical utility of interventions for coronary-prone behavior have appeared (Friedman et al., 1986). Although one must consider these treatment-outcome studies preliminary as they await replication, this intervention research suggests that valuable health-care benefits may accrue from the decades-long investment in research on this concept.


Behavioral Medicine Psychosomatic Medicine Cardiovascular Reactivity Coronary Heart Disease Patient Interpersonal Conflict 
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  • Timothy W. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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