ERIC Number: EJ851947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Off-Time Pubertal Timing Predicts Physiological Reactivity to Postpuberty Interpersonal Stress
Smith, Anne Emilie; Powers, Sally I.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v19 n3 p441-458 Sep 2009
We investigated associations between retrospectively assessed timing of pubertal development, interpersonal interactions, and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis reactivity to an interpersonal stress task in 110 young adult women. Participants provided salivary cortisol samples at points prior and subsequent to a video-taped conflict discussion with their romantic partner. Participants also provided subjective global ratings of their discussion on dimensions of conflict and support. For earlier developing girls, higher levels of interpersonal conflict were associated with greater physiological stress in anticipation of the discussion task and less physiological recovery following the discussion. In contrast, for later developing girls, low levels of conflict were associated with greater anticipatory stress and less physiological recovery. These findings have implications for understanding the influence of off-time pubertal development on the lifetime development of young women.
Descriptors: Females, Conflict, Young Adults, Puberty, Prediction, Physiology, Interpersonal Relationship, Stress Variables, Task Analysis, Video Technology, Intimacy, Discussion
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