Does dampened physiological reactivity protect youth in aggressive family environments?

  title={Does dampened physiological reactivity protect youth in aggressive family environments?},
  author={Darby E Saxbe and Gayla Margolin and Lauren A Spies Shapiro and Brian R W Baucom},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={83 3},
Is an attenuated physiological response to family conflict, seen in some youth exposed to early adversity, protective or problematic? A longitudinal study including 54 youth (average age 15.2 years) found that those with higher cumulative family aggression exposure showed lower cortisol output during a laboratory-based conflict discussion with their parents, and were less likely to show the normative pattern of increased cortisol reactivity to a discussion they rated as more conflictual. Family… CONTINUE READING
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