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Volume 54 Issue 1 (March 1981), Pages 299-391

Type A behaviour, life‐events and myocardial infarction: Independent or related risk factors? (pages 371-377)

The Type A behaviour pattern has been associated with the onset of myocardial infarction (MI). So too, though independently, has the presence of stressful life‐events in the period preceding illness. The present paper examines the notion that persons characterized by the Type A behaviour pattern organize life‐styles in such a way as to increase the probability of encountering stressful life‐events.

Significant correlations were indeed found between a measure of Type A behaviour and both reported frequency of life‐events and estimates of the emotional impact of these, for a sample of 120 survivors of MI. While such retrospective data do not provide casual evidence that Type A behaviour influences MI by way of stressful life‐events, they point the way to a future prospective test of this hypothesis.

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