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Cumulative Load of Depressive Symptoms Is Associated With Cortisol Awakening Response in Very Old Age

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Chui, H and Hoppmann, CA and Gerstorf, D and Walker, R and Luszcz, MA, Cumulative Load of Depressive Symptoms Is Associated With Cortisol Awakening Response in Very Old Age, Research in Human Development, 11, (2) pp. 126-141. ISSN 1542-7609 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/15427609.2014.906738

Abstract

This study examined links of cumulative and present depressive symptoms with present cortisol diurnal profiles in oldest-old adults. Five waves of data from 50 older adults (M age = 89.05 years; 64% women) who participated in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing were used to combine 15 years of longitudinal data with seven cortisol samples per day over a one-week period. Findings revealed that individuals with more past depressive symptoms showed a lower cortisol awakening response (CAR). Interestingly, present depressive symptoms were not associated with the CAR. These findings inform our understanding of distal health factors in very old age.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aging, depressive symptoms, salivary cortisol
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
UTAS Author:Chui, H (Ms Helena Chui)
ID Code:131266
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-03-11
Last Modified:2019-04-10
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