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Victims of War: Dehydroepiandrosterone Concentrations in Hair and Their Associations with Trauma Sequelae in Palestinian Adolescents Living in the West Bank

Authors
  • Schindler, Lena
  • Shaheen, Mohammed
  • Saar-Ashkenazy, Rotem
  • Odeh, Kifah Bani
  • Sass, Sophia-Helen
  • Friedman, Alon
  • Kirschbaum, Clemens
Publication Date
Jan 23, 2019
Source
MDPI
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

Palestinian conflict. Results showed that trauma-exposed individuals had significantly higher DHEA levels (p = 0.013) and lower cortisol/DHEA ratios (p = 0.036) than participants from the non-trauma group. Furthermore, DHEA and cortisol/DHEA ratio emerged as associated with trauma load and timing, but not with coping. By applying the novel method of DHEA analysis from hair samples, this study adds to the growing literature on the interplay of DHEA, cortisol, traumatic stress and coping, and provides valuable starting points for further research.

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