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Parental Sense of Coherence in the first 2 years of life is not related to parental and child diurnal cortisol rhythm or proxies of anthroposophic lifestyle
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. (Enheten för epidemiologi)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. Uppsala University.
2013 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 102, no 9, 920-924 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: Sense of Coherence (SOC) is hypothesized to have direct physiological consequences on endocrine and immunological processes. In this study, we compare parental SOC scores from pregnancy in groups of infants and parents representing different lifestyles (anthroposophic, partly anthroposophic and nonanthroposophic). We also analyse whether these could predict cortisol levels of the parents and their infants at 6-24 months postpartum. Methods: Parental SOC-13 was collected during the third trimester of pregnancy from a birth cohort of families with different lifestyles. Salivary samples were collected from the whole family when the child was 6 months (n = 210), 12 (n = 178) and 24 months of age (n = 149), and cortisol levels were analysed with radioimmunoassay technique. Results: Sense of Coherence scores did not differ between the three lifestyle groups, and there were no correlations between SOC scores and salivary cortisol concentrations in separate analyses of mothers, fathers and children at any sampling age or at any sampling time during the day (morning, afternoon, bedtime). Conclusion: Sense of Coherence scores did not vary in parents with different lifestyles and were not associated with salivary cortisol levels in parents or in children.

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2013. Vol. 102, no 9, 920-924 p.
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Anthroposophic lifestyle, Child, Cortisol, Sense of Coherence, Stress
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Pediatrics Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93290DOI: 10.1111/apa.12318ISI: 000322598300026Local ID: P3050OAI: diva2:646146


Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved

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