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HPA -axis responses to an interpersonal stress task among socially anxious older adolescents


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation is linked to physical health problems and several psychiatric disorders, but is not well documented for social anxiety disorder (SAD). SAD often emerges in adolescence and precedes several other psychiatric disorders. Therefore, HPA-axis responses to a negotiation stress task between romantic partners in 18 SAD older adolescents and 18 matched controls were examined. The SAD group displayed significant anticipatory cortisol reactivity and significantly delayed recovery after the task. There were no significant group differences in cortisol reactivity to the task. The SAD group's average cortisol levels tended to be lower across all measurement times and this was significant for SAD males. Exploratory analyses revealed positive associations between subjective stress and cortisol—particularly for the SAD group.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Adolescents; Anxious; Cortisol; HPA-axis; Interpersonal stress task; Social anxiety disorder
Title
HPA -axis responses to an interpersonal stress task among socially anxious older adolescents
Author
Seeley, Elizabeth
Number of pages
150
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-B 68/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549170686
Advisor
Powers, Sally I.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3275758
ProQuest document ID
304848650
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304848650
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