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Psychological Adjustment in CAH
by Sheri A. Berenbaum, Ph.D.
There are several reasons to wonder whether children and adults with CAH have more psychological difficulties than do people without CAH. CAH is a chronic illness that requires lifelong medication and, in some cases, frequent hospitalizations. It’s reasonable to wonder whether these stresses result in psychological problems. Further, cortisol is a "stress hormone" and there have been questions about whether individuals with CAH have more difficulty managing stress than do individuals without CAH. (This is discussed by Dr. Merke in her article entitled "Exercise Study of Patients with Classic CAH" in CARES Foundation's Spring 2004 newsletter)
Behavior in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Sheri A. Berenbaum, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
We study behavior in girls and boys with CAH and in their siblings and cousins without CAH in order to understand (1) the relation between early exposure to androgens and various aspects of social behavior and abilities, and (2) any behavioral consequences of the disease itself.
To summarize major findings – Girls with CAH are different from their sisters without CAH in some ways, but not in other ways.