Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
Larry Ashley, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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With the increase of female veterans serving in the military, a better understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder is needed to provide comprehensive treatment. This study examines salivary cortisol in female veterans with PTSD, female veterans without PTSD, civilian females with PTSD and healthy controls. The Posttraumatic Stress and Beck Depression Inventory-II were used to assess posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms. Saliva samples were collected at bedtime and awakening, as well as in response to the Trier Social Stress Test. Significant results were not found for diurnal cortisol levels [ F (3, 11)= .979, p < .05] or stress cortisol levels (F (3,12) = 1.140, p >.05). Insignificant results may be due to low sample size, TSST schedule, and confounding anxiety.
Hydrocortisone; Post-traumatic stress disorder – Treatment; Women veterans
Mental Disorders | Psychology | Quantitative Psychology
Pierce, Meghan, "The hormonal correlates of stress and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in female veterans" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1228.