From the APS Convention: Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion

Idan Shalev of Duke University presented his research “Violence Exposure During Childhood Is Associated With Telomere Erosion: A Longitudinal Study” during Poster Session V at the 24th APS Annual Convention.

Idan Shalev
Duke University

Terrie E. Moffitt
Duke University and King’s College London, United Kingdom

Avshalom Caspi
Duke University and King’s College London, United Kingdom

Using a longitudinal design we tested the effects of violence exposure during childhood on telomere erosion rate. We assessed childhood adversity prospectively and measured telomere length at two time-points, at age-5 and at age-10 years. Children who were exposed to multiple forms of violence had the fastest telomere erosion rate.

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