CitationDeAngelis, Reed T. & Taylor, John (2020). Parental Status and Biological Functioning: Findings from the Nashville Stress and Health Study. Population Research and Policy Review, 39(2), 365-73.
AbstractDoes childrearing affect the biological functioning of parents? To address this question, we analyze cross-sectional survey and biomarker data from Vanderbilt University’s Nashville Stress and Health Study, a probability sample of non-Hispanic White and Black working-age adults from Davidson County, Tennessee (2011–2014; n = 1252). Multivariable regression analyses reveal a linear dose–response relationship between the number of children living in a respondent’s home and (a) increased allostatic load, and (b) decreased leukocyte telomere length. We found no differences in biological functioning between childless respondents and empty-nest parents. These findings also withstood controls for a battery of socioeconomic factors. The implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitlePopulation Research and Policy Review
Author(s)DeAngelis, Reed T.