Perceived control moderates the influence of active coping on salivary cortisol response to acute pain among women but not men

S. P. Bento, B. R. Goodin, L. A. Fabian, G. G. Page, N. B. Quinn, L. McGuire

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Abstract

It is generally established that active-coping strategies and greater perceived control over pain are associated with improved pain-related outcomes; however, it remains unclear whether these factors independently or interactively influence adrenocortical function in reaction to a painful stimulus. The present study examined whether active coping predicted magnitude cortisol response to acute pain, whether perceived control over pain moderated this association, and whether effects differed as a function of sex. Our findings suggest that perceived control moderates the active coping-adrenocortical relation among women but not men, such that active coping may augment the release of cortisol in response to a painful stimulus only in the presence of greater perceived control over pain. Taken together, active coping and perceived control may potentiate an adaptive neuroendocrine response to an acute painful stressor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)944-948
Number of pages5
JournalPsychoneuroendocrinology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Active coping
  • Acute pain
  • Area under the curve
  • Cortisol
  • Perceived control
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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