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Early life stress predicts cortisol response to psychosocial stress in healthy young adults.
Huihui Zhang; Zhuxi Yao; Li Lin; Xiaofang Sun; Xia Shi; Liang Zhang
First AuthorHuihui Zhang
2019
Source PublicationPsyCh Journal
Correspondent Emailliang zhang (zhangl@psych.ac.cn)
SubtypeArticle
Issue1Pages:1-10
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Abstract

Repeated exposure to stress during early life has a lifetime impact on physical and psychological functions. Our study investigated the long-term effects of early life stress (ELS; measured retrospectively) on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system functions under psychosocial stress among healthy adults. Fifty healthy volunteers (33 male, 17 female, mean age 22.6±1.8 years) underwent a standardized psychosocial stress protocol (the Trier Social Stress Test), with the collection of salivary cortisol, heart rates, and positive and negative affect. The results showed increases in cortisol, heart rate, and negative affect after the stress inducement. More importantly, a significant negative correlation was found between the severity of ELS and the increase of cortisol to the stress. The severity of stress in one's early life predicted his/her cortisol reactivity to the stress in adulthood. Neither the heart rate reactivity nor the affective reactivity shows significant association with ELS. The blunted cortisol reactivity reflects the alteration of the HPA axis, which may confer the risk for certain stress-related disorders.

Keywordcortisol early life stress hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis psychosocial stress
DOI10.1002/pchj.278
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/29168
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
社会与工程心理学研究室
Corresponding AuthorHuihui Zhang
Affiliation1.Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2.Department of Psychology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
3.Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Affective and Social Cognitive Sciences, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China
4.Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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Huihui Zhang,Zhuxi Yao,Li Lin,et al. Early life stress predicts cortisol response to psychosocial stress in healthy young adults.[J]. PsyCh Journal,2019(1):1-10.
APA Huihui Zhang,Zhuxi Yao,Li Lin,Xiaofang Sun,Xia Shi,&Liang Zhang.(2019).Early life stress predicts cortisol response to psychosocial stress in healthy young adults..PsyCh Journal(1),1-10.
MLA Huihui Zhang,et al."Early life stress predicts cortisol response to psychosocial stress in healthy young adults.".PsyCh Journal .1(2019):1-10.
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