According to a study led by UCLA and published in Psychosomatic, Researchers found that stress in adolescence may have a negative impact on health in adulthood.
Healthy teenagers reporting interpersonal conflicts had increased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) an inflammatory marker associated with later development of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Although most research on stress and inflammation has focused upon adulthood, these results show that such links can occur as early as the teenage years, even among a healthy sample of young men and women. That suggests that alterations in the biological substrates that initiate CVD begin before adulthood.”
Do you know that common stressors, such as arguing with family or friends, are also among the most powerful predictors of psychological distress?
As reported by team of researchers who investigated the potential physiological impact in 69 individuals with an average age of 17 years from Latin American and European backgrounds.
Participants completed a check-list on 14 consecutive nights, reporting any negative interpersonal interactions with family, peers or school personnel (including disagreements, harassment or punishments). The study allowed for variables as socioeconomic status, major stressful life events and over-sensitivity to rejection.
Researchers found daily interpersonal stress was associated with elevated levels of inflammation, as measured by higher levels of CRP in blood samples assayed an average of eight months later.