12.03.2014 - Study shows ABC intervention may have positive, lasting effects on physiological stress in children

Author: Bernard K, et al (2014) JAMA Pediatrics

Intervention Effects on Diurnal Cortisol Rhythms of Child Protective Services-Referred Infants in Early Childhood: Preschool Follow-up Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial.

A number of interventions for at-risk children have shown benefits for children's hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity immediately after treatment. It is critical to examine whether such changes are maintained over time, given that physiological regulation is implicated in later mental and physical health outcomes. The objective in this study was to examine whether differences in diurnal cortisol production between children receiving the active parenting intervention and children in the control group persisted at a preschool follow-up (approximately 3 years following intervention). Analyses revealed significant differences in...

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