Journal article

Using Hair Cortisol to Examine the Role of Stress in Children's Health Inequalities at 3 Years

Hannah E Bryson, Fiona Mensah, Sharon Goldfeld, Anna MH Price



OBJECTIVE: Children exposed to early adversity (eg, financial hardship, family violence, parent mental health difficulties) are at greater risk of poor health outcomes. Physiological stress is one mechanism thought to explain this pathway. We investigated associations between adversity and young children's health and whether child stress (measured using hair cortisol) mediated these associations. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 3-year-old children whose mothers were recruited during pregnancy, through the right@home trial, for their experience of adversity. Using total counts of 9 sociodemographic and 9 psychosocial indicators of adversity, regression models examined relationshi..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The right@home sustained nurse home visiting trial is a research collaboration among the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth; the Translational Research and Social Innovation Group at Western Sydney University; and the Centre for Community Child Health, which is a department of The Royal Children's Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). right@home is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, the Ian Potter Foundation, Sabemo Trust, Sidney Myer Fund, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Project Grant 1079418). Research at the MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. H.E.B. is supported by an MCRI Research Group Scholarship and an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, S.G. is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1082922, and F.M. is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1111160. The funding sources had no involvement in the study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; writing of this article; or the decision to submit the article for publication.