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Stability and Change of Cortisol Reactivity to a Laboratory Stressor from Early to Middle Childhood

dc.contributor.advisorDougherty, Lea Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorLeppert, Katherine A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-06T06:40:23Z
dc.date.available2016-02-06T06:40:23Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2J42R
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/17280
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the stability and change of children’s cortisol reactivity to a laboratory stressor from early to middle childhood and moderators of change. Ninety-six children completed stress-inducing laboratory tasks and provided five salivary cortisol samples at preschool age (T1; M = 49.88 months, SD = 9.51 months) and three years later (T2; M = 87.44 months, SD = 11.42 months). At T1, parents completed clinical interviews assessing child and parent psychopathology. Cortisol reactivity patterns significantly changed from decreasing to increasing reactivity from early to middle childhood. Moreover, preschool psychopathology moderated this change. Children with fewer preschool psychiatric symptoms demonstrated more stable reactivity patterns, whereas children with preschool psychiatric comorbidity demonstrated more unstable reactivity patterns across assessments. Findings suggest a developmental shift from decreasing to increasing cortisol reactivity from early to middle childhood, and highlight early preschool psychopathology as a moderator of change in cortisol reactivity.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleStability and Change of Cortisol Reactivity to a Laboratory Stressor from Early to Middle Childhooden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPsychologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPsychobiologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledDevelopmental psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCortisolen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMiddle childhooden_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPreschoolen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPsychopathologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledStabilityen_US


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