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Childhood Stressors and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Adulthood: A Longitudinal Investigation of Divergent Explanatory Models

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This project, led by Mark Berg examines the effects of child adversity on dimensions of cardiovascular health. The study uses 20 years of longitudinal data to examine the pathways through which childhood stressors contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD).

 

Among its study aims, the project seeks to 

  1. test competing predictions regarding the pathways through which stressors across the life-course affect cardiovascular disease risk.
  2. investigate the association between incarceration and cardiovascular disease risk, and whether childhood stressors amplify this association.

Project collaborators include Drs. Ronald Simons (distinguished research professor, University of Georgia, Department of Sociology) and Man-Kit Lei (assistant professor, University of Georgia, Department of Sociology). Ethan Rogers, research associate at the UI PPC, will provide research assistance for the project. This work is supported by the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center and is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project extends from 2019 to 2021.

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