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Social desirability scores are associated with higher morning cortisol levels in firefighters


Brody, Stuart; Wagner, Dieter; Heinrichs, Markus; James, Alma; Hellhammer, Dirk H; Ehlert, Ulrike (2000). Social desirability scores are associated with higher morning cortisol levels in firefighters. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 49(4):227-228.

Abstract

Objective: To examine the association of social desirability (SD) responding ("defensiveness") and cortisol levels.
Methods: Marlowe-Crowne SD scores and morning salivary cortisol were measured in firefighters.
Results: SD scores were associated with higher cortisol levels (r = .28) in 60 firefighters under age 45, but not in 25 older firefighters (or the combined sample).
Conclusion: The results are consistent not only with SD scores being an indicator of coarctation of experience as a coping mechanism, but also (at least for younger persons) perhaps a risk factor for the psychobiological dysfunctions associated with chronic elevations of cortisol.

Abstract

Objective: To examine the association of social desirability (SD) responding ("defensiveness") and cortisol levels.
Methods: Marlowe-Crowne SD scores and morning salivary cortisol were measured in firefighters.
Results: SD scores were associated with higher cortisol levels (r = .28) in 60 firefighters under age 45, but not in 25 older firefighters (or the combined sample).
Conclusion: The results are consistent not only with SD scores being an indicator of coarctation of experience as a coping mechanism, but also (at least for younger persons) perhaps a risk factor for the psychobiological dysfunctions associated with chronic elevations of cortisol.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2000
Deposited On:15 Oct 2012 15:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:59
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0022-3999
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/s0022-3999(00)00169-0

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