Stress, coping and hepatitis B antibody status

Victoria Burns, Douglas Carroll, Christopher Ring, Lesley Pearson, Mark Drayson

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OBJECTIVE: The present study investigated the association between exposure to stressful life events, coping style, and antibody status after hepatitis B vaccination. METHODS: Two hundred sixty medical school undergraduates, who had received the three-dose hepatitis B vaccine before recruitment to this study, completed questionnaires measuring exposure to stressful life events during the past year, customary coping strategies, and health behaviors. Antibodies against hepatitis B surface antigen were determined; levels
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-93
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatic Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • psychological stress
  • hepatitis B vaccination
  • immune function
  • coping


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