Journal article

Adolescent temperament dimensions as stable prospective risk and protective factors for salivary C-reactive protein

Benjamin W Nelson, Michelle L Byrne, Julian G Simmons, Sarah Whittle, Orli S Schwartz, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Katrina A Walsh, Eric C Reynolds, Nicholas B Allen

BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Temperament has associations with later physical health outcomes, yet there is a dearth of research exploring the connection between temperament and mechanisms that have known associations with these health outcomes. Recent research has delineated a connection between personality and inflammation during adulthood, but this association has not yet been studied in adolescent samples. DESIGN: We investigated whether stable adolescent temperament (averaged over two years), specifically effortful control and negative emotionality, provided a more robust prediction of inflammation as measured by salivary C-reactive protein (sCRP), than depressive symptoms. METHODS: Temperament and depre..

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