Benefit finding and diurnal cortisol slope in maternal caregivers: A moderating role for positive emotion

Judith Tedlie Moskowitz*, Elissa S. Epel

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Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to explore the associations among benefit finding, daily positive and negative emotion, and daily cortisol slope in 71 maternal caregivers. Benefit finding was measured using the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI; Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (1996). The Posttraumatic Growth Inventory: Measuring the positive legacy of trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress 9, 455–472.). Cortisol slope was not significantly correlated with any of the PTGI subscales, positive emotion, or negative emotion. However, the interactions of daily positive emotion with the PTGI subscales of Personal Strength, Appreciation of Life, and Spiritual Change were statistically significant such that higher scores on these subscales predicted a steeper (more adaptive) daily cortisol slope only for those women who also had higher levels of daily positive emotion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Diurnal cortisol
  • Positive emotion
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Stress related growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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