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Title: Caregiving alters immunity and stress hormones: a review of recent research
Author(s): Whittaker, Anna C
Gallagher, Stephen
Contact Email: a.c.whittaker@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Aug-2019
Citation: Whittaker AC & Gallagher S (2019) Caregiving alters immunity and stress hormones: a review of recent research. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 28, pp. 93-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.02.002
Abstract: Older caregivers of dementia patients have been studied as a model of chronic stress influencing psychological and physical well-being and the function of the immune system. These immune decrements can relate to altered stress hormone levels, and caregivers show elevated or reduced cortisol compared to age-matched controls as well as dysregulation in other cortisol indices. Recently, this field has developed to examine a range of immune outcomes and cortisol measures in younger caregivers too, as well as other potential underlying mechanisms including genetic variation, acute stress reactivity and inflammation. Several interventions have also been trialled to reduce the negative physical impact of caregiving stress. This paper reviews the latest developments in the field and gives suggestions for future research.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.02.002
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Whittaker AC & Gallagher S (2019) Caregiving alters immunity and stress hormones: a review of recent research. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 28, pp. 93-97. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.02.002 © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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