Journal article

The extent to which childhood adversity and recent stress influence all-cause mortality risk in older adults.

Jade Johnson, Isabelle Chaudieu, Karen Ritchie, Jacqueline Scali, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Joanne Ryan

Psychoneuroendocrinology | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Psychological stress is recognized as a major risk factor for a range of non-communicable diseases and possibly mortality. The extent to which the type and timing of stress exposure influences mortality, and potential differences between genders, remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between early-life and recent stressful experiences and mortality risk in later life, and to determine possible gender differences in these associations. METHOD: Data were obtained from 2152 French community-dwelling participants (aged ≥65). Questionnaires were used to evaluate recent stress, as well as retrospective reporting of childhood adversity. Mortality status was determined t..

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