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Title The role of saliva cortisol measurement in health and disease / edited by Margareta Kristenson, Peter Garvin, Ulf Lundberg
Published [Sharjah, U.A.E.] : Bentham Science Publishers, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (iv, 207 pages)
Summary This book provides a balanced, careful, and thorough review of literally hundreds of studies relating salivary cortisol indices to sociodemographic background characteristics of individuals such as socioeconomic status and gender, psychosocial working conditions (e.g., job control), perceived stress, and psychological resources such as social support. Studies of associations between salivary cortisol and biomarkers of cardiovascular and immune function as well as sleep processes are reviewed along with work on the relations between salivary cortisol and major health outcomes (e.g. cardiovascular disease, breast cancer) as well as mental health (e.g., depression). The authors identified all potentially relevant articles then applied systematic conceptual and methodological inclusion criteria to filter out irrelevant or sloppily conducted studies. They then systematically analyzed the remaining studies, tabling results in a manner that is easy to read and understand. Each table is organized by methods of saliva collection according to variables of interest (e.g., sociodemographic background, disease outcomes). The results of hundreds of studies are then discussed within each topic area taking into account the patterns of findings and implications for measurement and theory. As the reader will be able to see herein, the quality of data and the clarity of conclusions about salivary cortisol as a stress biomarker vary considerably because of measurement protocols, statistical and methodological controls, and important conceptual issues having to do with static versus dynamic measures and inter versus intra person comparisons. The authors have done all of us who are interested in the interplay among environment, personal background, stress, and disease, a marvelous favor. They have extensively and accurately reviewed what we know about salivary cortisol as an index of human stress. The authors have provided direction as well for how future research on salivary cortisol as a biomarker of stress should proceed."--Foreword, p. i
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Saliva -- Examination
Hydrocortisone -- Excretion
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
Stress (Physiology) -- Measurement
Stress (Psychology)
Job stress
Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.
Job stress.
Saliva -- Examination.
Stress (Physiology) -- Measurement.
Stress (Psychology)
Form Electronic book
Author Kristenson, Margareta
Garvin, Peter
Lundberg, Ulf
ISBN 9781608053421