Special Issue "Stress and Coping across the Life Course: Chronic Disease Biopsychosocial Pathways and Interventions to Reduce Disparities"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Anissa I. Vines
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Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
Interests: health disparities; community engagement; health equity; racism; stress; coping; life course
Dr. Cherise B. Harrington
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Guest Editor
Department of Prevention and Community Health, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC 27707, USA
Interests: biopsychosocial factors related to health behaviors and chronic illness; community-based participatory approaches and principles; health disparities; implementing and evaluating health interventions
Prof. Dr. Allison E. Aiello
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Guest Editor
Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
Interests: prevention; life course; infection; aging; chronic disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic remains at crisis level around the world, invoking new stressors while compounding and exacerbating existing ones. Marginalized communities already burdened by chronic disease disparities are also being disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus. Many marginalized communities around the world experience differential exposure and vulnerability to stressors due to racism and limited resources and access to services. Stress is a complex, multidimensional construct with chronic and acute daily stressors contributing across the life course to adverse health outcomes. The heightened social and environmental contexts increase the risk for chronic disease and associated morbidities. Research is needed to understand the multidimensional nature of stress and coping across the life course. Stress can increase chronic disease risk through biological, behavioral, and psychological pathways. Research needs to elucidate mechanisms such as allostatic load and inflammation. Hence, this Special Issue calls for papers that explore stress and coping and their influence on chronic disease disparities. We welcome a broad range of papers from those epidemiological in nature to intervention studies as well as ones related to the pandemic. We encourage work that moves beyond the assessment of a single stressor toward demonstrations of the complex interplay of multiple stressors on coping strategies that influence the sequelae of biological, behavioral, and psychological pathways in the development of chronic diseases. We especially welcome interdisciplinary work, mixed methodologies, innovative statistical approaches, and intervention research aiming to ameliorate the deleterious effects of stress on chronic disease.

Dr. Anissa I. Vines
Dr. Cherise B. Harrington
Prof. Dr. Allison E. Aiello
Guest Editors

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  • stress
  • coping
  • health disparities
  • racism
  • psychological distress
  • life course
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • chronic disease
  • biological pathways

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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