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Psychoneuroendocrine effects of resource-activating stress management training.
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PMID:  17605565     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The stress-induced release of cortisol has been linked to detrimental health outcomes. Therefore, strategies to attenuate cortisol stress responses are of interest for prevention and treatment of stress-related symptoms and problems. Previous studies have found protective effects of cognitive-behavioral stress management training--which focuses on the modification of stress-inducing cognitions--on cortisol stress responses; however, the effects of resource-oriented interventions on cortisol stress responses are unknown. DESIGN: The longitudinal effects of resource-oriented stress management training (Zurich resource model training) on cortisol stress responses and cognitive appraisal of a standardized psychosocial stress test were evaluated in 54 healthy male participants assigned randomly to treatment and control groups. The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST; C. Kirschbaum, Wust, & Strasburger, 1992) was administered to all participants 3 months after the treatment group underwent stress management training. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Saliva cortisol samples were taken before, during, and after the TSST, and cognitive stress appraisal was assessed before the test. RESULTS: The treatment group had significantly attenuated cortisol responses and stress appraisals in comparison to the control group. The endocrine differences were mediated by differences in cognitive appraisals. DISCUSSION: These results indicate that resource-oriented stress management training effectively reduces endocrine stress responses to stress in healthy adults.
Maja Storch; Jens Gaab; Yvonne Küttel; Ann-Christin Stüssi; Helmut Fend
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0278-6133     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Psychol     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-03     Completed Date:  2007-08-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211523     Medline TA:  Health Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  456-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2007 APA.
Department of Educational Psychology, Institute of Education Sciences, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Area Under Curve
Circadian Rhythm
Cognition / physiology
Cognitive Therapy / methods*
Hydrocortisone / blood
Hypothalamo-Hypophyseal System / physiology
Longitudinal Studies
Patient Dropouts
Pituitary-Adrenal System / physiology
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Psychotherapy, Group
Saliva / chemistry
Stress, Psychological / blood,  diagnosis,  prevention & control*
Treatment Outcome
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