Relations between mucosal immunity and children's mental health: the role of child sex.

TitleRelations between mucosal immunity and children's mental health: the role of child sex.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
JournalPhysiology & behavior
Volume101
Issue5
Pagination705-12
Date Published2010
ISSN0031-9384
Abstract

This study examines relations between children's salivary interleukin-6 (IL-6) and secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) and mental health. Child sex was considered as a moderator of relations. Data were from 329 normally developing children (M age=9.85years; SD=.98years); 67% of children were European American and 33% were African American. Saliva samples were obtained during the afternoon and assayed for SIgA and IL-6. Parents completed questionnaire measures of child internalizing and externalizing symptoms, and children completed self-report measures of anxiety and depression. Structural equation models were fit to the data, and indicated that greater levels of salivary IL-6 and SIgA were associated with adjustment problems more strongly for girls than for boys.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0031-9384(10)00305-7
DOI10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.08.012
Short TitlePhysiol Behav
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