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ERIC Number: EJ1045868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Exposure to Maternal Distress in Childhood and Cortisol Activity in Young Adulthood
Mahrer, Nicole E.; Luecken, Linda J.; Wolchik, Sharlene A.; Tein, Jenn-Yun; Sandler, Irwin N.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v38 n6 p570-576 Nov 2014
Dysregulated cortisol is a risk factor for poor health outcomes. Children of distressed mothers exhibit dysregulated cortisol, yet it is unclear whether maternal distress predicts cortisol activity in later developmental stages. This longitudinal study examined the prospective relation between maternal distress during late childhood (9-12 years) and adolescence (15-19 years) and cortisol response in offspring in young adulthood (24-28 years). Data were collected from 51 recently divorced mothers and their children across 15 years. Higher maternal distress during late childhood was associated with lower total cortisol independent of levels of maternal distress in adolescence or young adulthood. Maternal distress during adolescence marginally predicted blunted cortisol when distress in childhood was low. Findings suggest that blunted cortisol activity in young adulthood may be a long-term consequence of exposure to maternal distress earlier in development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: 5R01MH071707|5P30MH06868