Adrenocorticol Levels, Reactivity, and Attunement: The Role of Religious and Social Support

Open Access
Drake, Emily Smith
Area of Honors:
Biobehavioral Health
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Douglas Granger, Ph D, Thesis Supervisor
  • Douglas A Granger, Thesis Supervisor
  • Lori Anne Francis, Honors Advisor
  • religious support
  • social support
  • attunement
  • adrenocortisol levels
The present study examined associations between salivary indicators of stress responses and religious and social support using data from the Family Life Project. Main effects of religious social support, social support, mother and infant levels of cortisol, mother and infant cortisol reactivity, and mother and infant levels of α-amylase were the primary variables, and partial correlations were calculated for each of them. Dyads were split at different times into groups of high and low levels of religious social support and social support in general based on the mothers’ survey responses. Analyses revealed that different levels of religious and social support have some differing effects on baseline levels of the stress indicators and on cortisol reactivity in mothers. However, due to some limitations, future study is necessary.