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Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, and Diurnal Cortisol Trajectories in Middle-Aged and Older Adults

TitleSocioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, and Diurnal Cortisol Trajectories in Middle-Aged and Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSamuel, LJ, Roth, DL, Schwartz, BS, Thorpe, RJ, Glass, TA
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date PublishedJul 20
ISBN Number1758-5368 (Electronic)1079-5014 (Linking)
Accession Number27440916
KeywordsEarlier aging, Education, Hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, Wealth
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Slow afternoon cortisol decline may be a marker of aging. We hypothesize that lower socioeconomic status (SES) and African American race are associated with lower waking cortisol and slower afternoon decline. METHOD: Six salivary cortisol samples, collected within a 24-hr period from 566 cohort participants aged 56-78 years, were examined in random-effects models. SES measures included socioeconomic vulnerability (household income and assets <500% of poverty) and education (>/=college, some college, and