Good self-rated health is related to psychosocial resources and a strong cortisol response to acute stress: The LiVicordia study of middle-aged men
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, ISSN 1070-5503, Vol. 12, no 3, 153-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Self-rated health (SRH) is a strong predictor for disease and death. The relations among SRH, psychosocial factors, and cortisol dynamics were tested using pooled data from the LiVicordia study of 50-year-old men in Lithuania (n = 94) and Sweden (n = 89), controlling for effect of residence. SRH was assessed by " How would you assess your own health?" A standardized laboratory stress test included measures of cortisol in serum and saliva. Good SRH related to high scale scores of decision latitude, social support at work, coping, self-esteem, and sense of coherence, to low scores of overcommitment (all p < .01) and vital exhaustion (r = -0.40, p < 0.001), to low concentrations of saliva baseline cortisol (r = -.26, p = .001), and to a strong cortisol response to stress (r = .27, p = .001). Findings that good SRH related to favorable psychosocial characteristics and to a dynamic cortisol stress response indicate a possible explanation for observed lower risk for disease and death in this state. Copyright © 2005 by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 12, no 3, 153-160 p.
self-rated health, psychosocial resources, stress, cortisol
National CategorySocial Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-32930DOI: 10.1207/s15327558ijbm1203_4Local ID: 18879OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-32930DiVA: diva2:253753