Diurnal cortisol in Complicated and Non-Complicated Grief: Slope differences across the day

Mary Frances O'Connor, David K. Wellisch, Annette L. Stanton, Richard Olmstead, Michael R. Irwin

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Abstract

Although grief has been described primarily as a psychological phenomenon, empirical evidence reveals that grief also has physiological correlates that have consequences for health. The present study investigates the diurnal cortisol production patterns in women who have been bereaved in the past 18 months. Specifically, the study compares women with Complicated Grief (n=12) from those with Non-Complicated Grief (n=12), testing whether cortisol slope distinguishes the two groups. Results demonstrate that the two groups do not differ on demographic variables (except education), but as hypothesized, those with Complicated Grief have a flatter slope across the day, controlling for education and body mass index.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-728
Number of pages4
JournalPsychoneuroendocrinology
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bereavement
  • Breast cancer
  • Complicated grief
  • Diurnal cortisol
  • HPA axis
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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