Social inclusion predicts lower blood glucose and low-density lipoproteins in healthy adults

Co-authored with studentsPeer Reviewed Journal Article
Kory Floyd, Alice E. Veksler, Bree McEwan, Colin Hesse, Justin P. Boren, Dana R. Dinsmore, Corey A. Pavlich
Health Communication, 8, 1039-1042
Publication year: 2017

Loneliness has been shown to have direct effects on one’s personal well-being. Specifically, a greater feeling of loneliness is associated with negative mental health outcomes, negative health behaviors, and an increased likelihood of premature mortality. Using the neuroendocrine hypothesis, we expected social inclusion to predict decreases in both blood glucose levels and low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and increases in high-density lipoproteins (HDLs). Fifty-two healthy adults provided self-report data for social inclusion and blood samples for hematological tests. Results indicated that higher social inclusion predicted lower levels of blood glucose and LDL, but had no effect on HDL. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.


“Kind, sensitive, and above all honest”: A multi-method study of long-term cancer survivors’ quality of life and patient self-advocacy

Co-authored with studentsPeer Reviewed Journal Article
Kristin Borofka, Justin P. Boren, Laura E. Ellingson
Communication Research Reports, 32, 373-378
Publication year: 2015

Long-term survivors of cancer (LTS) are a growing population whose needs differ significantly from patients undergoing cancer treatment. Many LTS suffer from late effects of cancer treatments or symptoms that persist after treatment concludes or appear following remission. This study explored the relationship between LTS perceptions of quality of life with late effects and perceptions of patient self-advocacy through quantitative and qualitative analyses. A negative statistical relationship emerged between the variables. LTS median self-advocacy scores were quite high, reflecting their preference for health-care providers who listen actively, understand patient needs, are knowledgeable and compassionate, and utilize joint decision making.