Relationship closeness as a protective factor against the sensitizing effect of adversity history

Exposure to adversity has been shown to amplify individuals’ sensitivity to stress, increasing the risk of developing mental health problems in adulthood. Romantic relationships can serve as a broad resource in mitigating the negative impacts of adversity and stress on mental health; however, less is known about how everyday moments of closeness with one’s romantic partner impact experiences of daily stress for people exposed to adversity.
ByGayla Margolin