Early parental loss and salivary cortisol in young adulthood: The moderating role of family environment

@article{Luecken2006EarlyPL,
  title={Early parental loss and salivary cortisol in young adulthood: The moderating role of family environment},
  author={Linda J. Luecken and Bradley M. Appelhans},
  journal={Development and Psychopathology},
  year={2006},
  volume={18},
  pages={295 - 308}
}
Early family life adversity has been linked with negative physical and psychological health consequences in adulthood, possibly due to alterations in neuroendocrine activity. Young adults from families characterized by parental loss (N = 45) and control participants (N = 43) completed self-report measures of prior abuse and family conflict, and performed a stressful speech task designed to elicit neuroendocrine responses. Higher reported abuse and conflict were associated with increased… 
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