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Adolescent oxytocin response to stress and its behavioral and endocrine correlates

Bernhard, Anka ; van der Merwe, Cindy ; Ackermann, Katharina ; Martinelli, Anne ; Neumann, Inga D. ; Freitag, Christine M.


Oxytocin (OXT) shows anxiolytic and stress-reducing effects, but salivary OXT response to laboratory-induced stress has only been assessed in one study in healthy adults. The present study aimed at extending these findings by assessing salivary OXT stress reactivity in healthy adolescents (aged 11-18) compared to a control condition. A higher salivary OXT response to stress compared to the ...


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