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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Jul;1071:425-7.

Association between alexithymia and neuroendocrine response to psychological stress in police academy recruits.

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PTSD Research Program, University of California, San Francisco, VAMC/4150 Clement Street (116P), San Francisco, CA 94121, USA. Shannon.McCaslin@va.gov

Abstract

Alexithymia has been associated with both posttraumatic stress disorder and neuroendocrine responses to stress. This study examined the relationship of alexithymia to salivary cortisol and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxy-phenylglycol (MHPG) in a sample of police academy recruits exposed to a video stress challenge. Alexithymia scores were negatively associated with catecholamine response to the video challenge but no association was found between alexithymia scores and cortisol reactivity.

PMID:
16891590
DOI:
10.1196/annals.1364.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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