Distraction coping predicts better cortisol recovery after acute psychosocial stress

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Author(s): Janson J, Rohleder N
Journal: Biological psychology
Publication year: 2017
ISSN: 0301-0511
Language: English


Abstract


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 Authors / FAU Editors

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


How to cite

APA:
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

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

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