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dc.contributor.advisorMatuszewich, Leslieen_US
dc.contributor.authorKlein, Corina E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-26T20:56:41Z
dc.date.available2016-02-26T20:56:41Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/15847
dc.description.abstractHormones produced in the body may be important in ameliorating the effects of traumatic stress. Previous research bas shown that the concentration of several hormones, such as cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and DHEA-sulfated (DHEAS) in a given individual who has been exposed to a traumatic event may be indicative of the likelihood that the individual will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The current study assessed whether higher levels of cortisol in comparison to DHEA or DHEAS could indicate a predisposition toward future mental illness following an emotionally stressful event. Female students from Northern lllinois University provided salivary samples before and following a writing task intended to induce emotional stress. The samples were analyzed for cortisol, DHEA, and DHEAS levels. Results indicated both cortisol and DHEA were reduced after the writing task, although no significant relationship between the hormones and PTSD symptoms after the stressor. The participants' levels of DHEA prior to the stressor seemed to be predictive of PTSD symptom presence after the stressor.en_US
dc.format.extent23 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subjecthormonesen_US
dc.subjecttraumaen_US
dc.subjectpsychologyen_US
dc.titleAssessing Hormones in Response to Traumaen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.description.degreeB.S. (Bachelor of Science)en_US


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