Acute child and mother psychophysiological responses and subsequent PTSD symptoms following a child's traumatic event.

Title

Acute child and mother psychophysiological responses and subsequent PTSD symptoms following a child's traumatic event.

Creator

Ostrowski Sarah A; Christopher Norman C; van Dulmen Manfred HM; Delahanty Douglas L

Publisher

Journal of Traumatic Stress

Date

2007
2007-10

Description

This study examined the relationship between acute cortisol responses to trauma and subsequent PTSD symptoms (PTSS) in children and their biological mothers. Urinary cortisol levels were assessed in 54 children aged 8–18 upon admission to a level-1 trauma center. Six weeks posttrauma, 15-hour urine samples were collected from children and their mothers. Depression and PTSS were assessed at 6 weeks (N = 44) and 7 months (N = 38) posttrauma. Higher child in-hospital cortisol significantly predicted 6-week child PTSS. This was true only for boys at 7 months. In mothers, lower 6-week cortisol levels significantly predicted 7-month PTSS. Results extend findings of differing directions of acute hormonal predictors of PTSS in adults versus children to a sample of genetically related individuals. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Subject

MENTAL depression; POST-traumatic stress disorder; RESEARCH; STATISTICAL sampling; HYDROCORTISONE; CHILDREN; MOTHERS; TRAUMA centers; URINE

Identifier

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

677–687

Issue

5

Volume

20

Citation

Ostrowski Sarah A; Christopher Norman C; van Dulmen Manfred HM; Delahanty Douglas L, “Acute child and mother psychophysiological responses and subsequent PTSD symptoms following a child's traumatic event.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 26, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5753.

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