A1 Journal article – refereed
A network approach to the analysis of psychosocial risk factors and their association with health

List of Authors: Marko Elovainio, Christian Hakulinen, Laura Pulkki-Råback, Markus Juonala, Olli Raitakari
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Journal of Health Psychology
Journal name in source: Journal of Health Psychology
eISSN: 1461-7277


We modeled early psychosocial risks as a network of interconnected variables to study their associations with later depressive symptoms and cardiometabolic outcomes. The participants were a nationally representative sample of 2580 men and women aged 3–18 years in 1980. Their parents reported the psychosocial risks in 1980, including the following: (1) child-specific life events, (2) parental health behavior, (3) parental socioeconomic status, and (4) parental psychological problems. Adulthood depressive symptoms and cardiometabolic outcomes were measured in 2007–2012. The most central risks (most number of connections to other risks) were socioeconomic risks that also predicted health outcomes more consistently than others.

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