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|Title:||The relationship between childhood psychosocial stressor level and telomere length: a meta-analysis||Contributor(s):||Hanssen, Louise (author); Schutte, Nicola (author) ; Malouff, John M (author); Epel, Elissa S (author)||Publication Date:||2017||Open Access:||Yes||DOI:||10.4081/hpr.2017.6378||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/21034||Abstract:||This meta-analysis examined the association between the level of childhood psychosocial stressors and telomere length, an important health biomarker. The meta-analysis, including 27 samples and 16,238 participants, found a significant association of -0.08 between a higher level of childhood stressors and shorter telomere length at a mean age of 42 across studies. Moderator analyses showed a trend in the direction of effect sizes being significantly larger with shorter times between the stressors and telomere measurement. Moderator analyses showed significantly higher effect sizes for studies that used a categorical method for assessing child stressor level and for assays completed with qPCR rather than with the Southern blot method. There was no significant moderation of effect size by whether study assayed leukocytes or buccal cells, whether the study assessed child stressor level by memory-based recall versus archival records, and whether the study controlled for age, sex, or additional variables. The results, focused on childhood events, add to prior findings that perceived stress and negative emotions are associated with telomere length.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Health Psychology Research, 5(1), p. 14-22||Publisher:||Pagepress||Place of Publication:||Italy||ISSN:||2420-8124||Fields of Research (FoR) 2008:||170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology||Fields of Research (FoR) 2020:||520302 Clinical psychology||Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008:||929999 Health not elsewhere classified||Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020:||200201 Determinants of health||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal|
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