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Stress-buffering effects of psychosocial resources on physiological and psychological stress response in pregnant women


Nierop, A; Wirtz, P H; Bratsikas, A; Zimmermann, R; Ehlert, Ulrike (2008). Stress-buffering effects of psychosocial resources on physiological and psychological stress response in pregnant women. Biological Psychology, 78(3):261-268.

Abstract

Sixty healthy pregnant women (aged 21-35 years), including 30 pregnant women at the beginning of second trimester and 30 women at the beginning of third trimester underwent a psychosocial stress test. Physiological (salivary free cortisol levels, salivary alpha-amylase levels) and psychological (perceived stress, mood, anxiety) responses to standardized psychosocial stress have been brought in association with psychosocial resources (self-efficacy and daily uplifts). Predictions revealed that higher resources predict lower physiological and psychological stress responses and higher mood levels. We conclude from our data that psychosocial resources appear to dampen psychological and physiological stress response during pregnancy.

Sixty healthy pregnant women (aged 21-35 years), including 30 pregnant women at the beginning of second trimester and 30 women at the beginning of third trimester underwent a psychosocial stress test. Physiological (salivary free cortisol levels, salivary alpha-amylase levels) and psychological (perceived stress, mood, anxiety) responses to standardized psychosocial stress have been brought in association with psychosocial resources (self-efficacy and daily uplifts). Predictions revealed that higher resources predict lower physiological and psychological stress responses and higher mood levels. We conclude from our data that psychosocial resources appear to dampen psychological and physiological stress response during pregnancy.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Obstetrics
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cortisol, Alpha-Amylase, Self-efficacy, Daily Uplifts, Stress-buffering effects, Pregnancy, Psychosocial stress test
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:31 Oct 2008 13:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:32
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0301-0511
Funders:Swiss National Science Foundation, Grant no: 105311-101793/1 (UE, RZ)
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2008.03.012
Related URLs:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03010511 (Publisher)
PubMed ID:18462859
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4887

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