A lot of research has shown the significance of social relationships in influencing adult human behavior and health, but children’s perception of their social networks correlates with stress and how it may influence development is still untapped.
A research team from the University of Missouri has determined that children and adolescents physically react to their social networks and the stress those networks may cause.
Scientists believe that the quality and size of the social relationships nurtured in childhood may have important physiological consequences for physical and mental health for youth.
Researcher Mark V. Flinn said that cortisol and salivary alpha-amylase are secreted in response to outside pressure or tension. A part of the autonomic nervous system, release of cortisol in the system is quick, unconscious and can be measured in saliva; therefore, measuring cortisol is a good indicator of stress in the body.