روان رنجوری، فرهنگ پذیری و واکنش کورتیزول بیداری در بزرگسالان آمریکایی مکزیکی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|35400||2012||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8169 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Hormones and Behavior, Volume 61, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 23–30
Neuroticism is associated with greater susceptibility to the adverse effects of stress and greater exposure to the stressors associated with acculturation in U.S. born Mexican Americans. Neuroticism and acculturation have been associated with injury to crucial stress response systems and are known risk factors for certain mood and anxiety disorders. The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of neuroticism, and acculturation on the cortisol awakening response (CAR) in healthy Mexican-American adults. Salivary cortisol samples were collected at awakening and 30, 45, and 60 min thereafter, on two consecutive weekdays from 59 healthy Mexican American adult males (26) and females (33), ages 18 to 38 years. Participants were assessed for level of neuroticism and acculturation. Data were analyzed using a mixed effects regression model with repeated measures at four time points. Results showed a significant Neuroticism × Acculturation × Time interaction. The CAR was virtually eliminated in highly acculturated Mexican Americans with greater Anglo orientation and high neuroticism compared with less acculturated Mexican Americans with greater Mexican orientation and lower neuroticism. Findings suggest that some Mexican Americans with high levels of neuroticism may be particularly susceptible to certain challenges and stressors associated with acculturation leading over time to the development of allostatic load, desensitization of the Hypothalamic CRF system and attenuation of the CAR.
Neuroticism is one of five independent personality dimensions that are heritable and stable over the adult life span (Costa and McCrae, 1992a and Costa and McCrae, 1992b). Neuroticism is defined as the proneness of the individual to experience negative affective states, and is associated with increased exposure to stressful life events (Bolger and Zuckerman, 1995, Felsten, 2002 and Felsten, 2004) greater susceptibility to the adverse effects of stress (Kendler et al., 2004 and Ormel et al., 2001) and thus, a major risk factor for mood and anxiety disorders (De Graaf et al., 2002, Fanous et al., 2002 and Roberts and Kendler, 1999). The relationship between neuroticism and stress may be of particular importance in Mexican Americans given that studies suggest that a number of Hispanics face unique stressors associated with some aspects of acculturation (Finch et al., 2000, Huebner et al., 2005, Mena et al., 1987 and Miranda and Matheny, 2000). Acculturation involves adaptation into a host culture (Mena et al., 1987) and acculturative stress includes the psychological, somatic, and social stressors that are associated with the process of acculturation (Bernal and Saez-Santiago, 2006, Berry, 1980 and Cervantes and Castro, 1985). Neuroticism is associated with more exposure to acculturative stress (Mangold et al., 2007) and greater exposure to acculturative stress is associated with increased risk for mood and anxiety disorders in U.S. born Mexican Americans (Finch et al., 2000, Matheson et al., 2008, Romero and Roberts, 2003 and Thoman and Suris, 2004). Indeed, exposure to acculturative stress is more likely to predict depressive symptomatology in Mexican Americans with high neuroticism (Hovey and King, 1996, Huebner et al., 2005 and Salgado de Snyder, 1987). These findings raise the possibility that neuroticism may be a risk factor that significantly increases susceptibility to the adverse effects of stressors associated with acculturation. There is growing interest in the extent to which chronic exposure to stressful life events leads to dysregulation of crucial biological stress response systems associated with increased vulnerability for mood and anxiety disorders. Stress-induced dysregulation of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis is one neurobiological pathway that may link neuroticism with increased risk for mood and anxiety disorders in Mexican Americans exposed to high levels of acculturative stress. The cortisol awakening response (CAR) has received increasing attention as a useful method to assess the integrity of the HPA axis. The CAR is a reliable biological marker of HPA activity, dependent on a moderate genetic influence (Bartels et al., 2003, Schmidt-Reinwald et al., 1999 and Wust et al., 2000a) and changes in the CAR can yield important information regarding the relationship between altered stress responsivity and attenuation of the awakening portion of the cortisol circadian rhythm. The sensitivity/capacity of the adrenal cortex is proposed to play a crucial role in the magnitude of the CAR (Kudielka and Kirschbaum, 2003, Pruessner et al., 1997 and Pruessner et al., 1999). Thus, examinations of the extent to which neuroticism may link high levels of acculturative stress with dysregulations of the CAR and greater risk for mood and anxiety disorders in Mexican Americans, may be of particular interest. While studies examining the effects of neuroticism on the CAR in Mexican Americans are non-existent, results from studies in non-Hispanics are mixed showing an enhanced CAR (Polk et al., 2005, Portella et al., 2005 and Vedhara et al., 2006), diminished CAR (Hauner et al., 2008), and no association between neuroticism and the CAR (Chan et al., 2007 and Van Santen et al., 2011). Inconsistent results may be due to differences in cortisol measurement and the diagnostic status of the samples examined (i.e., subjects with and without a formal diagnosis of depression versus subclinical symptomatology). Moreover, no available studies have examined the effects of neuroticism on the CAR while controlling for childhood trauma, a factor known to alter the HPA axis and the CAR (Heim and Nemeroff, 2001, Stetler and Miller, 2005 and Mangold et al., 2010). Equally lacking are studies examining the effects of unique forms of cultural stress on the CAR. Studies conducted in our laboratory showed a positive association between acculturative stress and neuroticism in Mexican Americans (Mangold et al., 2007) and that greater acculturative stress and more Anglo-orientation are associated with attenuation of the CAR, after controlling for the effects of childhood trauma and independent of a formal diagnosis of depression (Mangold et al., 2010). These findings suggest that similar to childhood trauma (Mangold et al., 2010), and subclinical symptomatology (Mangold et al., 2011 and Dedovic et al., 2010), acculturative stress is associated with attenuation of the CAR in adults. This perhaps is not surprising given that theorists propose greater acculturation and more Anglo orientation may contribute to the erosion of crucial protective factors in some individuals, resulting in greater susceptibility to the adverse effects of chronic exposure to acculturative stress (Finch and Vega, 2003 and Vega and Amaro, 1994). The absence of protective factors, in turn, may lead to the development of allostatic load, decreased adrenal capacity over time (McEwen and Lasley, 2003) and attenuation of the CAR. Indeed, theorists have proposed the “attenuation hypothesis” as one possible explanation that is consistent with the differences observed in the CAR in these studies. The “attenuation hypothesis” suggests that following chronic exposure to stress the hypothalamic CRF system may undergo desensitization, transitioning over time from a system with increased stress responsivity to a system with attenuated cortisol responses to stress and an attenuated CAR (Gunnar and Vazquez, 2001, Heim et al., 2008, Susman, 2006 and Trickett et al., 2010). Results from a meta-analysis showing a negative correlation between length of time following the onset of chronic stress and the magnitude of the CAR provide additional support for this contention (Miller et al., 2007). To date, there is a notable absence of studies examining the effects of neuroticism on the CAR in Mexican Americans and the majority of previous studies have failed to examine the effects of neuroticism while adequately controlling for factors known to alter the CAR (e.g., depression and childhood trauma, cortisol measurement with respect to time of awakening). Moreover, studies designed to distinguish the effects of neuroticism from the effects of acculturative stress on the CAR in Mexican Americans may be of particular importance. In view of the fact that neuroticism is associated with increased reactivity and susceptibility to the negative effects of psychosocial stressors, it is plausible that Mexican Americans with high levels of neuroticism, who are exposed to chronic acculturative stress, may represent an extraordinarily vulnerable group at high risk for attenuation of the CAR. Therefore, the aims of the current investigation were to: (1) examine the effects of neuroticism on the CAR in Mexican Americans utilizing a carefully constructed sample monitoring system; (2) examine the effects of neuroticism on the CAR while carefully screening for a diagnosis of depression and controlling for the effects of childhood trauma, age and sex and; (3) distinguish the effects of neuroticism from the effects of acculturative stress on the CAR. Based on previous findings supporting the “attenuation hypothesis”, we hypothesized a significant Time × Neuroticism × Acculturation interaction where neuroticism would be associated with a significantly attenuated CAR in highly acculturated Mexican Americans with greater Anglo orientation after controlling for childhood trauma, depression, age and sex.