Cortisol and externalizing behavior in children and adolescents: mixed meta-analytic evidence for the inverse relation of basal cortisol and cortisol reactivity with externalizing behavior.

@article{Alink2008CortisolAE,
  title={Cortisol and externalizing behavior in children and adolescents: mixed meta-analytic evidence for the inverse relation of basal cortisol and cortisol reactivity with externalizing behavior.},
  author={Lenneke R. A. Alink and Marinus H. van Ijzendoorn and Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg and Judi Mesman and Femmie Juffer and Hans M Koot},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={50 5},
  pages={427-50}
}
An inverse relation between cortisol (re)activity and externalizing behavior has been hypothesized, but research findings seem equivocal. We tested this hypo(re)activity hypothesis in two meta-analyses, one for basal cortisol (k = 72 studies, N = 5,480) and one for cortisol reactivity to a stressor (k = 29 studies, N = 2,601). No association was found between cortisol reactivity and externalizing behaviors (r = -.04, 95% CI = -.11, .02). However, the relation between basal cortisol and… CONTINUE READING
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