Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Research Article, J Trauma Stress Disor Treat Vol: 3 Issue: 3

Hair Cortisol, Perceived Stress and Dispositional Optimism: A Pilot Study among Adolescents

Joel Milam*, Rhona Slaughter, Gaurav Verma and Rob McConnell
Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Corresponding author : Joel Milam
Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, 2001 Soto Building, SSB 3rd Floor, MC 9239, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: November 07, 2013 Accepted: March 12, 2014 Published: March 18, 2014
Citation: Milam J, Slaughter R, Verma G, McConnell R (2014) Hair Cortisol, Perceived Stress and Dispositional Optimism: A Pilot Study among Adolescents. J Trauma Stress Disor Treat 3:3. doi:10.4172/2324-8947.1000126

Abstract

Hair Cortisol, Perceived Stress and Dispositional Optimism: A Pilot Study among Adolescents

Psychological stress is often associated with poor health-related outcomes. One potential biomarker for chronic stress, hair cortisol, is minimally invasive compared to other cortisol collection techniques. This pilot study examined the relationships between hair cortisol and self-reported perceived stress, stressful life events, depressive symptoms, and dispositional optimism among adolescents.

Keywords: Hair cortisol; Stress; Stressful life events; Dispositional optimism; Adolescents

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