Belinda Campos

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Professor and Chair, Chicano/Latino Studies
School of Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)
School of Medicine
Affiliate, Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003, Social-Personality Psychology
Phone: (949) 824-1792
Fax: (949) 824-1019
University of California, Irvine
Department of Chicano/Latino Studies
3151 Social Science Plaza A
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Culture; Relationships; Positive Emotion; Health
Research Abstract
I study factors that promote high quality relationships, with a particular focus on understanding how sociocultural contexts shape relationship experiences in ways that benefit health. This area of study is important because epidemiological and laboratory studies have shown that high quality relationships are associated with better health and longer life whereas poor relationships or a lack of relationships pose a mortality risk that is comparable to that of cigarette smoking. The findings of my work show that sociocultural contexts that emphasize prioritizing others before the self (e.g., Latino and East Asian) can be beneficial for relationships and protective of health. Current projects are investigating family relationships, love, pride, and other positive emotions, the Latino cultural scripts of familism and simpatía, and the cultural shaping of social support, stress, and health outcomes.
Representative Publications:

Shenhav, S., Campos, B., & Goldberg, W. (2016, advance online publication). Dating out is intercultural: Experience and perceived parent disapproval by ethnicity and immigrant generation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Campos, B., Rojas Perez, O. F., & Guardino, C. (2016). Familism: A cultural value with implications for romantic relationship quality in U.S. Latinos. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33, 81-100.

Campos, B. (2015). What is the role of culture in the association of relationships with health? Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 661-677.

Campos, B., Schoebi, D., Gonzaga, G. C., Gable, S., & Keltner, D. (2015). Attuned to the positive: Awareness and responsiveness to others’ positive emotion experience and display. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 780-794.

Campos, B., Busse, D., Yim, I. S., Dayan, A., Chevez, L., & Schoebi, D. (2014). Are the costs of neuroticism inevitable? Evidence of attenuated effects in U.S. Latinas. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20, 430-440.

Campos, B., Ullman, J., Aguilera, A., & Dunkel Schetter, C. (2014). Familism and psychological health: The intervening role of closeness and social support. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20, 191-201.

Campos, B., Wang, S., Plaksina, T., Repetti, R., Schoebi, D., Ochs, E., & Beck, M. E. (2013). Positive and negative emotion in the daily life of dual-earner couples with children. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 76-85.

Campos, B., Shiota, M. N., Keltner, D., Gonzaga, G. C., & Goetz, J. (2013 [2012, advance online publication]). What is shared, what is different? Core relational themes and expressive displays of eight positive emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 37-52.

Knowles, E., Wearing, J. & Campos, B. (2011). Culture and the health benefits of expressive writing. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 408-415.

Shiota, M. N., Campos, B., Gonzaga, G. C., Keltner, D., & Peng, K. (2010). I love you but…: Cultural differences in complexity of emotional experience during interaction with a romantic partner. Cognition and Emotion, 24, 786-799.

Abdou, C. M., Dunkel Schetter, C., Campos, B., Hilmert, C. J., Dominguez, T. P., Hobel, C. J., … Sandman, C. A. (2010). Communalism predicts prenatal affect, stress, and physiology better than ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 395-403.

Campos, B., Graesch, A., Repetti, R., Bradbury, T., & Ochs, E. (2009). Opportunity for interaction? A naturalistic observation study of dual-earner families after work and school. Journal of Family Psychology,23, 798-807.

Campos, B., Dunkel Schetter, C., Abdou, C. M., Hobel, C., Glynn, L., & Sandman, C. (2008). Familialism, social support, and stress: Positive implications for pregnant Latinas. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 155-162.

Campos, B., Dunkel Schetter, C., Walsh, J., & Schenker, M. (2007). Sharpening the focus on acculturative change: ARSMA-II, stress, pregnancy anxiety, and infant birthweight in recently immigrated Latinas.Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 29, 209-224.

Gonzaga, G. C., Campos, B., & Bradbury, T. (2007). Similarity, convergence, and relationship satisfaction in dating and married couples. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 34-48.

Campos, B., Keltner, D., Beck, J., Gonzaga, G. C., & John, O. P. (2007). Culture and teasing: The relational benefits of reduced desire for positive self-differentiation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 3-16.

Gonzaga, G. C., Turner, R. A., Keltner, D., Campos, B., & Altemus, M. (2006). Romantic love and sexual desire in close relationships. Emotion, 6, 163-179.

Shiota, M. N., Campos, B., Keltner, D., & Hertenstein, M. J. (2004). Positive emotion and the regulation of interpersonal relationships. In P. Philippot & R. S. Feldman (Eds.), The regulation of emotion (pp. 127-155). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
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