Trauma, attempted suicide, and morning cortisol in a community sample of adolescents

Young, R. (2010) Trauma, attempted suicide, and morning cortisol in a community sample of adolescents. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23(2), pp. 288-291. (doi: 10.1002/jts.20516)

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Individuals exposed to trauma or who have attempted suicide may show abnormal cortisol profiles; those exposed to significant trauma show reduced, while those who attempt suicide show increased cortisol output, although the evidence is inconsistent. This study explores the associations between morning cortisol, trauma, and suicide attempts or ideation among young people. In a community-based sample of 501 15-year-olds, using data from a DSM-IV-compatible interview on suicidal-behavior/ideation, trauma, and morning cortisol, we found no association between these factors and morning cortisol. A significant gender interaction was found for those threatened with a weapon—men showing a negative and women a positive association, suggesting that any cortisol/trauma association may be partially explained by coexisting behavioral problems and gender.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Young, Mr Robert
Authors: Young, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of Traumatic Stress
ISSN (Online):1573-6598

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