The study examined whether psychosocial intervention for children diagnosed with a disruptive behavior disorder (DBD; n=84) changed concentrations of cortisol and testosterone across a 3-year follow-up when compared to a matched, nonclinical, healthy comparison (HC; n=69) group. Boys and girls (6-11 years) with a DBD were randomly assigned to one of two arms of a multimethod intervention. Hierarchical linear modeling revealed that children undergoing psychosocial intervention for a DBD experienced a significant decline in diurnal cortisol change over time (p<.05) when compared to the HC condition. Boys with a DBD diagnosis had significantly lower mean cortisol concentrations prior to treatment (p<.05) and showed a significantly steeper increase in mean cortisol over time (p<.05) when compared to HC boys. Treatment effects for diurnal cortisol change were replicated in the boys-only analysis. No treatment effects were noted for testosterone in either analysis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology|
|State||Published - Jul 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology