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Cortisol reactivity attenuates the association between PDE and behavioral problems

Prenatal Drug Exposure and Adolescent Cortisol Reactivity: Association with Behavioral Concerns.

Author: Buckingham-Howes S, et al (2016), J Dev Behav Pediatr

OBJECTIVE: To examine stress reactivity in a sample of adolescents with prenatal drug exposure (PDE) by examining the consequences of PDE on stress-related adrenocortical reactivity, behavioral problems, and drug experimentation during adolescence.

CONCLUSION:
Findings support and expand current research in cortisol reactivity and PDE by demonstrating that cortisol reactivity attenuates the association between PDE and behavioral problems (aggression) and drug experimentation. If replicated, PDE may have long-lasting effects on stress-sensitive physiological mechanisms associated with behavioral problems (aggression) and drug experimentation in adolescence.

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Keywords: Cortisol reactivity, prenatal drug exposure, stress-task, behavioral concerns

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