Project Details


The study aims at exploring of the role of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis activity in abuse impact on women's mental health. Study objectives:
1) To evaluate diurnal cortisol slope, cortisol awakening response, and the mean cortisol concentration in women with a recent experience of abuse; 2) To estimate whether cortisol secretion is associated with type, severity, duration and cessation of abuse; 3) To investigate whether cortisol acts as mediator between abuse and mental health condition; 4) To examine whether there is any distinction in cortisol levels between those women exposed to both childhood abuse and domestic violence and abuse and those experienced only the latter. 4) To explore whether cortisol secretion differs between women living in refuge and those still living in the community.
AcronymCortisol Evaluation in Abuse Survivors (CEASE study)
Effective start/end date1/05/121/01/13


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