The lifetime experience of traumatic events is associated with hair cortisol concentrations in community-based children.

@article{Simmons2016TheLE,
  title={The lifetime experience of traumatic events is associated with hair cortisol concentrations in community-based children.},
  author={Julian Simmons and Paul Benjamin Badcock and Sarah Whittle and Michelle L. Byrne and Lisa K Mundy and George C. Patton and Craig A Olsson and Nicholas B. Allen},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2016},
  volume={63},
  pages={276-81}
}
Adversity early in life can disrupt the functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA) and increase risk for negative health outcomes. Recent research suggests that cortisol in scalp hair represents a promising measure of HPAA function. However, little is known about the relationship between early exposure to traumatic events and hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) in childhood, a critical period of HPAA development. The current study measured HCC in scalp hair samples collected… CONTINUE READING
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