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The Influence of Perceived Stress on the Onset of Arthritis in Women: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health.
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PMID:  23436274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial factors are considered as risk factors for some chronic diseases. A paucity of research exists surrounding the role of perceived stress in arthritis onset. PURPOSE: Perceived stress as a risk factor for arthritis development was explored in an ageing cohort of Australian women. METHODS: This study focused on 12,202 women from the 1946-1951 cohort who completed the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health surveys in 2001, 2004 and 2007. Longitudinal associations were modelled, with and without a time lag. RESULTS: Findings from the multivariate time lag modelling, excluding women with persistent joint pain, revealed that perceived stress predicted the onset of arthritis, with women experiencing minimal and moderate/high stress levels having a 1.7 and 2.4 times greater odds of developing arthritis 3 years later, respectively (p's < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Chronically perceiving life as stressful is detrimental to future health. The findings provide support for perceived stress to be considered alongside other modifiable risk factors.
Melissa L Harris; Deborah Loxton; David W Sibbritt; Julie E Byles
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-4796     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Behav Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8510246     Medline TA:  Ann Behav Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW, 2308, Australia,
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