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The father-daughter dance: the relationship between father-daughter relationship quality and daughters' stress response

TitleThe father-daughter dance: the relationship between father-daughter relationship quality and daughters' stress response
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsByrd-Craven, J, Auer, BJ, Granger, DA, Massey, AR
JournalJ Fam Psychol
Volume26
Pagination87-94
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number1939-1293 (Electronic) 0893-3200 (Linking)
Accession Number22182338
Keywords*Father-Child Relations, Female, Humans, Hydrocortisone/analysis, Male, Parenting/psychology, peer group, Questionnaires, Saliva/chemistry/enzymology, Salivary alpha-Amylases/analysis, Stress, Psychological/etiology/*psychology, Young Adult
Abstract

The goal of the study was to determine whether father-daughter relationship quality is related to activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (salivary cortisol) and autonomic nervous system (salivary alpha-amylase, sAA) in late adolescence-emerging adulthood during peer interactions. In the 1st study, reported father-daughter relationships characterized by rejection, chaos, and coercion had lower morning cortisol levels and were temperamentally more sensitive to emotional changes. In the 2nd study, young women who reported father-daughter relationships characterized by warmth, autonomy, support, and structure had lower pretask cortisol levels, and they had attenuated cortisol responses to problem discussion with a friend. In contrast, those who reported father-daughter relationships characterized by rejection, chaos, and coercion had higher pretask cortisol levels, had elevated cortisol in response to problem discussion with a friend, and were more likely to self-disclose about psychosocial stressors. No differences were observed between reported father-daughter relationship quality and sAA levels or task-related reactivity. The findings suggest that father-daughter interactions potentially influence both social cognition and HPA reactivity to developmentally salient stressors in young women.