Psychosocial Factors and Hypertension: A Review of the Literature

Adolfo G. Cuevas, David R. Williams, Michelle A. Albert

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Black people have the highest prevalence of hypertension in the United States. Evidence suggests that psychosocial factors increase the risks for hypertension and help to account for racial differences in this condition. This article reviews research on psychosocial factors and hypertension, and contextualizes the findings within a health disparities framework. A wide range of psychosocial factors contribute to hypertension but understanding remains limited about how these factors relate to each other and accumulate to contribute to hypertension disparities. Future research on psychosocial factors and hypertension needs to enhance the effectiveness of interventions to reduce hypertension risk in ethnic minority communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-230
Number of pages8
JournalCardiology Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2017


  • Health disparities
  • Hypertension
  • Psychosocial factors
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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