Stress and Health
Tomiyama, A. J., Finch, L. E., & Cummings, J. R. (2015). Did that brownie do its job? Stress, eating, and the biobehavioral effects of comfort food. In R. A. Scott & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Hoboken, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. doi:10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0324
In one sip: We review animal and human research of "comfort eating," offering insightful future areas for research. This article could be (a) used as a comprehensive hypothesis generating tool for future studies on comfort eating and (b) cited in your paper as support that comfort eating may actually comfort.
Cummings, J. R., Bornovalova, M. A., Ojanen, T., Hunt, E., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C. (2013). Time doesn’t change everything: The longitudinal course of distress tolerance and its relationship with externalizing and internalizing symptoms during early adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41(5), 735–48. doi:10.1007/s10802-012-9704-x
In one sip: We examined if distress tolerance, or the ability to persevere during stress, changed across 4 years in early adolescence but found that it did not. We also found that distress tolerance did not predict changes in anxiety or depression but did predict increases in rule breaking and decreases in inattentive behavior. You could cite this as evidence that distress tolerance functions as a stable personality trait and predicts changes in externalizing behavior.
health in a social world
Reich, R. R., Cummings, J. R., Greenbaum, P. E., Moltisanti, A. J., & Goldman, M. S. (2015). The temporal “pulse” of drinking: Tracking five years of binge drinking in emerging adults. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124(3), 635-647. doi:10.1037/abn0000061
In one sip: With the highest resolution (to date), we examined binge drinking across 5 years of daily reports in young adulthood. We identified that "maturing out" of drinking reflects a decrease in frequency of binge drinking but not the amount drank at the occasion. Day of the week and holidays robustly impacted these trends. You could cite this as evidence of powerful social influences on binge drinking.
HEALTH BEHAVIOR INTERACTIONS
Cummings, J. R., Ray, L. A., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2017). Food-alcohol competition: As young girls eat more food, do they drink less alcohol? Journal of Health Psychology, 22(5), 674-683. doi: 10.1177/1359105315611955
In one sip: Common sense might tell you that alcohol and food are two substances that go hand in hand. However, there is a sizable literature suggesting that those with higher Body Mass Indexes drink less alcohol. We decided to focus on the behaviors and found that when adolescent girls ate more food they drank less alcohol compared to peers. Yet, we did not find this for all foods alike, only sweet high-fat and fast foods! You could use this as support that eating and drinking may compete.
Rojas, E.C., Cummings, J.R., Bornovalova, M.A., Hopwood, C.J., Racine, S.E., Keel, P.K., Sisk, C.L., Neale, M., Boker, S., Burt, A.S., Klump, K.L. (2014). A further validation of the Minnesota Borderline Personality Disorder Scale. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 5(2), 146–53. doi:10.1037/per0000036
In one sip: We validated a dimensional scale to measure Borderline Personality Disorder derived from the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire. How? We studied twins from the Michigan State University Twin Registry. The identical twins (who share 100% genes) shared more similar responses than fraternal twins (who share 50% genes) so we inferred that genes influenced BPD. Importantly, the genes equally influenced BPD measured by our new scale and BPD diagnosed by an older scale so we inferred the new scale worked well. You could use this new scale in your clinic, especially if you already administer the MPQ. You could cite this article to support your use of this measure.
Bornovalova, M. A., Cummings, J. R., Hunt, E., Blazei, R., Malone, S., & Iacono, W. G. (2014). Understanding the relative contributions of direct environmental effects and passive genotype-environment correlations in the association between familial risk factors and child disruptive behavior disorders. Psychological Medicine, 44(4), 831–844. doi:10.1017/S0033291713001086
In one sip: How can you disentangle if children behave disruptively because of poor parenting or because children inherit a tendency to behave disruptively from those parents? We studied adoptive (no shared genes with parents) and biological (shared genes with parents) children from the Minnesota Twin and Family Study. If parents fought and behaved poorly, both adoptive and biological children behaved disruptively at equal levels; this indicates that poor parenting and divorce directly influence children to behave disruptively. Yet, if parents were antisocial, biological children were disruptive more than adoptive children; this suggests that antisocial behavior is inherited genetically. You could cite this as evidence of a direct environmental association between maladaptive parenting/discord and childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders but evidence for passive rGE in the association between parental antisociality and childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
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