Bragg, Tahlia (2023). Stress Exposure During Childhood and Adolescence as Risk Factors For Early Advanced Cognitive Aging in African Americans.
Research that continues to explore and identify contributing factors for advanced cognitive aging is vital to reducing the impact of subjective weathering and the negative effects that poor physical health continues to have on aging in African Americans. While research has established the impact of life stressors on children’s and adolescents' physical health in adulthood, such research has failed to explicitly explore subjective weathering and novel genetic prevalence and receptor activation as significant factors on the risk of early advanced cognitive aging for African Americans later in life. The study analyzed the African American sample from archival data previously collected for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (ADD Health). ADD Health is a government-funded project financially supported through subsidiary agencies of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Genetic data were unavailable for analyses. As a result, physical health was measured as an outcome of cumulative childhood and adolescent stress exposure, which was a statistically significant predictor when stress was loaded as a five-indicator construct. Childhood and adolescent stress exposure also predicted depression using the five-indicator construct.
African Americans; Childhood and adolescent stress exposure; Cognitive decline; Life stress; Psychological aging; Subjective weathering
Harris-Britt, April D.
Doctor of Philosophy
Fielding Graduate University