‘Negative parenting, epigenetic age, and psychological problems: prospective associations from adolescence to young adulthood’
Open Access paper from the JCPP
Epigenetic clocks are based on DNA methylation levels of several genomic loci and have been developed as indices of biological aging. Studies examining the effects of stressful environmental exposures have shown that stress is associated with differences between epigenetic age and chronological age (i.e., Epigenetic Age acceleration, EA). This pre-registered longitudinal study examined the long-term effects of negative parenting and psychological problems throughout adolescence (ages 13–17 years) on EA in late adolescence (age 17 years) and EA changes from late adolescence to young adulthood (age 25 years). Further, it examined how (change in) EA is related to changes in psychological problems from adolescence to young adulthood.
Authors: Stefanos Mastrotheodoros, Marco P. Boks, Céline Rousseau, Wim Meeus, Susan Branje
First published: 19 May 2023
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