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ERIC Number: EJ932967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1537-4416
Influence of Treatment for Disruptive Behavior Disorders on Adrenal and Gonadal Hormones in Youth
Dorn, Lorah D.; Kolko, David J.; Shenk, Chad E.; Susman, Elizabeth J.; Bukstein, Oscar
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, v40 n4 p562-571 2011
The study examined whether psychosocial intervention for children diagnosed with a disruptive behavior disorder (DBD; n = 84) changed concentrations of cortisol and testosterone across a 3-year follow-up when compared to a matched, nonclinical, healthy comparison (HC; n = 69) group. Boys and girls (6-11 years) with a DBD were randomly assigned to one of two arms of a multimethod intervention. Hierarchical linear modeling revealed that children undergoing psychosocial intervention for a DBD experienced a significant decline in "diurnal" cortisol change over time (p less than 0.05) when compared to the HC condition. Boys with a DBD diagnosis had significantly lower "mean" cortisol concentrations prior to treatment (p less than 0.05) and showed a significantly steeper increase in mean cortisol over time (p less than 0.05) when compared to HC boys. Treatment effects for diurnal cortisol change were replicated in the boys-only analysis. No treatment effects were noted for testosterone in either analysis. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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