Early adversity and adult health outcomes.

  title={Early adversity and adult health outcomes.},
  author={Shelley E. Taylor and Baldwin M. Way and Teresa Seeman},
  journal={Development and psychopathology},
  volume={23 3},
Adversity in childhood has effects on mental and physical health, not only in childhood but across the lifespan. A chief task of our research has been to define the pathways by which childhood experience has these surprising health outcomes, often decades later. The concept of allostatic load, which refers to dysregulations across major biological regulatory systems that have cumulative interacting adverse effects over time, provides a mechanism for understanding these relations and defining… CONTINUE READING