CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2014; 04(03): 028-032
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1703796
Original Article


Suchetha Kumari N.
1  Professor, Department of Biochemistry, K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, India
Madhu L N.
2  Department of Biochemistry, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore - 575 003, Karnataka, India
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Background: Cortisol is a hormonal marker of stress which gets released into the blood by adrenal glands during a stressful situation. Mothers of children with autism will usually be experiencing great psychological trauma and therefore will be under high levels of stress. This stress might disturb the health and normal physiology of these mothers thus there is a need for study on the stress markers like cortisol in mothers of children with autism.

Materials and Methods: Saliva of 20 mothers of children with autism and 20 mothers of healthy children were collected during early hours of the day (8 – 8.30 am) and during evenings (4 – 4.15 pm) subjected for cortisol assay using ELISA test. RESULTS: Mothers of children with autism were found to have significantly lower levels of salivary cortisol throughout the day as compared to mothers of healthy children.

Conclusion: There is a need for interventions for mothers of children with autism

Publication History

Publication Date:
26 April 2020 (online)

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