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Volume :30 Issue : 2 2002      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Social Support and its Relation to Blood Pressure in Kuwaiti Family

Auther : Yagoub Yousif Al-Kandari

High blood pressure (BP) is a major health problem world-wide. Many factors, especially stress, affect blood pressure. The main goal of this study is to examine sociocultural changes within the Kuwaiti family structure and their relation to Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) and Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP) levels. A sample of 373 married women and men were examined in major hospitals throughout Kuwait. Socicultural and physical information were requested from participants through a questionnaire. Data were entered in a SPSS program and t-tests and correlations were the major statistical analysis. The more social support a person receives, the lower is his/her SBP and DBP. Because of the support received within the extended family from relatives, members of such families had a lower BP. Family size is also important in maintaining a lower BP, i.e. the more people in the household, the lower the level of BP compared to people living along in the same household. Some significant differences were found between males and females. More studies are needed to examine other variables.

Key words: Kuwait family, Social support, Blood pressure, Diseases and health, Kuwait sociaty.

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