Trajectories of Diurnal Cortisol in Mothers of Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: Relations to Health and Mental Health

@article{Dykens2013TrajectoriesOD,
  title={Trajectories of Diurnal Cortisol in Mothers of Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: Relations to Health and Mental Health},
  author={Elisabeth M Dykens and Warren E Lambert},
  journal={Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders},
  year={2013},
  volume={43},
  pages={2426-2434}
}
  • Elisabeth M Dykens, Warren E Lambert
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    Journal of autism and…
    2013
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • This study used a stress biomarker, diurnal cortisol, to identify how elevated stress in mothers of children and adults with autism and other disabilities relates to their health and mental health. Based on semi-parametric, group-based trajectory analysis of 91 mothers, two distinctive cortisol trajectories emerged: blunted (63 %) or steep (37 %). Mothers in the blunted (vs. steep) trajectory had higher stress levels, lower health ratings, and 89 % of mothers of children with autism, and 53… CONTINUE READING

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