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Relationships influence children’s stress levels
November 14, 2008

PULLMAN—Stress levels for children at child-care depends not only on the qualities of the teacher and the classroom, but also on the nature of the children’s relationship with their caregivers. That’s the finding of a new study conducted by WSU researcher Jared Lisonbee and his colleagues at Auburn University, Washington State Department of Early Learning and Pennsylvania State University.

The study measures the level of the stress hormone cortisol in children in child- care. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone in humans, tends to be at its highest levels in the early morning and gradually declines over the course of … » More …