Parents’ psychological stress over time may affect children’s cortisol at age 8
2010 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, ISSN 0146-8693, E-ISSN 1465-735X, Vol. 35, no 9, 950-959 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To study possible relations between parents’ psychological stress, children’s selfesteem and children’s saliva cortisol levels with regard to a mild stressor (drawing a blood sample).
Method: Parenting stress and serious life events at birth, age 1, age 2, age 5 and age 8, and children’s self-esteem at age 8 were assessed. 82 paired saliva samples just before and 30 minutes after a children’s blood was drawn were analyzed.
Results: Repeated measure general linear models indicated a relation between higher parenting stress at age 1 (p=0.03) and at age 8 (p<0.01), and elevated cortisol levels. No relation was found for serious life events. Lack of self-esteem in the domain of mental well-being was related to elevated cortisol levels (p=0.02).
Conclusion: Parenting stress related to elevated cortisol levels of their children cross-sectionally and longitudinally and may be used as an indicator for children’s psychological stress in epidemiological studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press , 2010. Vol. 35, no 9, 950-959 p.
Parenting stress; serious life events; self-esteem; saliva cortisol; blood sample
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17119DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp132ISI: 000282843100004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17119DiVA: diva2:202006
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Felix-Sebastian Koch, Johnny Ludvigsson and Anneli Sepa, Parents’ psychological stress over time may affect children’s cortisol at age 8, 2010, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, (35), 9, 950-959.
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