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The Relation Between Temperament and Accumulated Cortisol Levels Among Toddlers Following Childcare Use
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  • Journal title : Korean Journal of Child Studies
  • Volume 37, Issue 3,  2016, pp.1-12
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Child Studies
  • DOI : 10.5723/kjcs.2016.37.3.1
 Title & Authors
The Relation Between Temperament and Accumulated Cortisol Levels Among Toddlers Following Childcare Use
Song, Ji-Na; Yi, Soon-Hyung;
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Objective: This study aimed to examine the difference in toddlers' accumulated cortisol levels based on childcare experience in toddlerhood and the relationship between temperament and accumulated cortisol levels. Methods: Hair sample were collected for measure accumulated cortisol level in 87 toddlers. The Early Childhood Behavior Questionnaire (ECBQ) was used to measure temperament. Results: First, toddlers in childcare showed higher accumulated cortisol levels than in-home toddlers. Second, toddlers in childcare, exhibited a significant correlation between accumulated cortisol levels and surgency. Third, the accumulated cortisol levels of in-home toddlers exhibited a significant correlation with negative affect. In this research, there was significant range in the accumulated cortisol level according to childcare use, and the factors related to accumulated cortisol levels were different in each context. Conclusion: The results of this research support the "susceptibility to context of HPA axis" and imply a needed discussion about the effect of childcare experiences in toddlerhood.
stress;hair cortisol concentration;child care in toddlerhood;temperament;susceptibility to context theory;
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