Cortisol secretion in children with symptoms of reactive attachment disorder

Kocovska, E. et al. (2013) Cortisol secretion in children with symptoms of reactive attachment disorder. Psychiatry Research, 209(1), pp. 74-77. (doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2012.12.011)

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Maltreated children with reactive attachment disorder (RAD) have severe problems with social relationships and affect regulation. An association between early maltreatment and changes in the daily rhythm of cortisol secretion has already been reported for maltreated toddlers. We sought to find out whether such changes were apparent in school-age children with symptoms of RAD, who had experienced early maltreatment but were currently adopted in well-functioning families. We recruited 66 children: 34 adopted children, aged 5–12 years, with an early history of maltreatment and with social difficulties such as indiscriminate friendliness; and 32 age- and sex-matched comparison children with no history of maltreatment or social difficulties. Daily rhythms of cortisol production were determined from saliva samples collected over 2 days. The adopted group had significantly lower absolute levels of cortisol compared to the control group, but a typical profile of cortisol secretion. There was no association between cortisol secretion and symptom scores for psychopathology.

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Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Follan, Dr Michael and Wallace, Dr Alan and Minnis, Professor Helen and Kocovska, Mrs Eva and Wilson, Prof Philip and Gillberg, Professor Christopher and Smillie, Mrs Maureen and Young, Dr David and Puckering, Dr Christine
Authors: Kocovska, E., Wilson, P., Young, D., Wallace, A.M., Gorski, C., Follan, M., Smillie, M., Puckering, C., Barnes, J., Gillberg, C., and Minnis, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Psychiatry Research
ISSN (Online):1872-7123
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Psychiatry Research 209(1):74-77
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
4877810Stress responses, social communication and behaviour in reactive attachment disorderHelen MinnisUniversity Gothenburg (HEIGOTHEN)UNSPECIFIEDIHW - MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING