Distraction coping predicts better cortisol recovery after acute psychosocial stress

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Janson J, Rohleder N
Zeitschrift: Biological psychology
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2017
ISSN: 0301-0511
Sprache: Englisch


The aim of this study was to explore whether different manifestations of state coping predict cortisol response and recovery in an acute stress situation. Fifty-nine healthy adults (59.3% female) were exposed to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), and salivary cortisol was measured repeatedly before and after stress. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to test for relationships between factor-analytically derived measures of state coping and cortisol response and recovery. Independent of sex, age, BMI, chronic stress and depression, denial coping was related with higher peak levels of cortisol (β = 0.0798, SE = 0.0381, p = 0.041) while distraction coping predicted steeper recovery after TSST (linear effect: β = −0.0430, SE = 0.0184, p = 0.023) and less pronounced curvature (quadratic effect: β = 0.0043, SE = 0.0017, p = 0.016). Our results demonstrate the stress-buffering effect of distraction coping on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity in situations without sufficient control.

FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Janson, Johanna
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie
Rohleder, Nicolas Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie


Stressreaktionsmuster und Gesundheit
Lehrstuhl für Gesundheitspsychologie


Janson, J., & Rohleder, N. (2017). Distraction coping predicts better cortisol recovery after acute psychosocial stress. Biological psychology. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.07.014

Janson, Johanna, and Nicolas Rohleder. "Distraction coping predicts better cortisol recovery after acute psychosocial stress." Biological psychology (2017).


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