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Titolo:
USE OF CORTISOL AS A STRESS MARKER - PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL PROBLEMS
Autore:
POLLARD TM;
Indirizzi:
UNIV DURHAM,DEPT ANTHROPOL,43 OLD ELVET DURHAM DH1 3HN ENGLAND
Titolo Testata:
American journal of human biology
fascicolo: 2, volume: 7, anno: 1995,
pagine: 265 - 274
SICI:
1042-0533(1995)7:2<265:UOCAAS>2.0.ZU;2-3
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
BODY-FAT DISTRIBUTION; PHYSIOLOGICAL STRESS; CATECHOLAMINE EXCRETION; SEX-DIFFERENCES; BLOOD-PRESSURE; JOB STRAIN; RESPONSES; WORK; POPULATION; COMMUNITY;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
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Citazioni:
71
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Citazione:
T.M. Pollard, "USE OF CORTISOL AS A STRESS MARKER - PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL PROBLEMS", American journal of human biology, 7(2), 1995, pp. 265-274

Abstract

Human biologists have shown increasing interest in the use of cortisol as an objective marker of stress in recent years. This paper reviewsboth practical and theoretical problems raised by this approach. The methodology of cortisol assessment using urine, saliva, and plasma is considered. There are many practical problems involved in obtaining good measures of cortisol, although the availability of salivary assays offers a promising way forward. Theoretical issues are of greater concern. Results of laboratory studies led to the hypothesis that cortisolis elevated when an individual is distressed. However, relatively little work has been done on cortisol variation in ''real life,'' and theresults of such studies do not, in general, conform to this hypothesis. It is concluded that the determinants of cortisol variation are notwell understood. For example, cortisol level may be as much influenced by positive emotions as by negative emotions usually identified withstress. Further documentation of cortisol variation in everyday life is needed, and at present it is premature to use cortisol level as a marker of stress. (C) 1995 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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