Perceived stress, recurrent pain and salivary cortisol in mid-adolescent girls and boys
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Aim: To investigate how self-reports of stress relate to aggregate salivary cortisol measures and recurrent pain in mid-adolescent girls and boys.
Methods: Mid-adolescents (119 girls and 56 boys) provided questionnaire data on activation and pressure stress and recurrent pain (headache, stomachache, neck/shoulder and back pain). Additionally, adolescents sampled salivary cortisol during an ordinary school day: 1) immediately at awakening, 2) 30 minutes after waking up, 3) 60 minutes after waking up, and 4) at 8 p.m. Correlation coefficients, analysis of variance and hierarchical regression analyses were performed for girls and boys respectively.
Results: No significant associations emerged between self-ratings of stress and cortisol, neither for girls nor for boys. However, activation and pressure were significantly associated with recurrent pain in girls but not in boys.
Conclusion: While self-rated activation and pressure stress were related to recurrent pain in girls, but not in boys, neither activation nor pressure was linked to any aggregate cortisol measure. These differences between subjective and objective measures may relate to these measures reflecting distinct and unrelated aspects of functioning. However, the findings may also result from the study participants including mid-adolescents whose bodily systems are flexible and still unaffected by daily activation and pressure stress.
activation, cortisol, mid-adolescence, recurrent pain, pressure
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107165OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-107165DiVA: diva2:743668