The authors acknowledge the work of Dr. David Bickel, who greatly facilitated data analysis and interpretation, Colin Company (Tokyo, Japan), which donated the blood pressure monitor for use in this work, and valued colleagues who read and critiqued ongoing drafts.
Expressing Health Experience Through Embodied Language
Version of Record online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 27–32, March 2002
How to Cite
Liehr, P., Takahashi, R., Nishimura, C., Frazier, L., Kuwajima, I. and Pennebaker, J. W. (2002), Expressing Health Experience Through Embodied Language. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 34: 27–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2002.00027.x
- Issue online: 23 APR 2004
- Version of Record online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication July 3, 2001.
- embodied language;
- blood pressure;
- linguistic analysis
Purpose: To describe embodied language for Japanese elders who suffered a stroke or cardiac disease within the previous year. Embodied language is the overlap of feeling and temporal word use with blood pressure during descriptions of health experience.
Methods: Blood pressure and word use were recorded simultaneously when 17 cardiac and 20 stroke participants described their health experiences for 4 minutes. Blood pressure was measured using a tonometric monitor and word use was measured using linguistic analysis software. Descriptive and nonparametric statistics were used.
Findings: Participants with strokes retained higher blood pressure after talking than did cardiac participants. The two groups showed contrasting relationships between word use and blood pressure, particularly for temporal words.
Conclusions: This collaborative research between Japanese and American colleagues was a step toward deciphering shared values, which are important to understanding health for people who have lived through life-changing illness events.