Childhood psychosocial adversity and adult cortisol patterns.

  title={Childhood psychosocial adversity and adult cortisol patterns.},
  author={Chris Power and Claudia Thomas and Leah Li and Clyde Hertzman},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  volume={201 3},
BACKGROUND Cortisol levels may be altered in childhood in association with maltreatment (neglect, abuse and witnessing abuse) and other adversities, yet little is known about whether effects on cortisol persist into later life. AIMS To establish whether childhood psychosocial adversities predict cortisol levels in mid-adulthood. METHOD Childhood psychosocial adversities were ascertained in the 1958 British birth cohort and cortisol was measured in two saliva samples, one 45 min after… CONTINUE READING
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