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Psychosocial stress, health and cortisol in working women living in high and low status neighbourhoods in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
2016 (English)In: Proceedings from the Fourth Annual Conference of The European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Contextual factors including neighbourhood status have consistently been associated with health disparities. Focusing on mechanisms, this study investigated linkages between psychosocial stress, health and cortisol in working women (N=542) living in high and low status neighbourhoods. Method: Women living with children in objectively defined high and low status neighbourhoods in Stockholm County suburban areas were invited to a questionnaire study and a subsample (n=88) also

provided salivary samples analysed for cortisol. Results: Results showed that women in high status neighbourhoods had significantly better selfrated health while women in low status neighbourhoods had significantly lower waking cortisol. However, there were no group differences in aggregate cortisol measures. Conclusions The findings follow previous research with cortisol results tentatively suggesting hypocortisolism as a pathway linking neighbourhood status and health disparities, albeit a less consistent finding in this particular sample. This may relate to the Swedish welfare state and its way of fostering of equality, which is an important contextual aspect to factor in also in health psychology research.

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2016.
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cortisol, social position, women
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138287OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138287DiVA: diva2:1066646
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Fourth Annual Conference of The European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, June 16-18, Umeå, Sweden
Available from: 2017-01-18 Created: 2017-01-18 Last updated: 2017-01-18

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