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Children’s internalizing behavior development is heterogeneously associated with the pace of epigenetic aging
Caro, Juan Carlos; Holuka, Cyrielle; Menta, Giorgia et al.
2023In Biological Psychology, 176, p. 108463
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Keywords :
DNA methylation; accelerated aging; internalizing behaviors; children; ALSPAC
Abstract :
[en] Background: Internalizing behaviors are an indicator of children’s psychological and emotional development, predicting future mental disorders. Recent studies have identified associations between DNA methylation (DNAm) and internalizing behaviors. This prospective study aimed at exploring the associations between pace of biological aging and the developmental trajectories of internalizing behaviors. Methods: Participants were children from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort (N=974). Measures of DNA methylation were collected at birth, age 7 and ages 15-17. The pace of aging was estimated using the DunedinPoAm algorithm (PoAm). Internalizing behaviors reported by caregivers between ages 4 and 16 using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. To explore heterogeneity in the association between PoAm and internalizing behaviors we use Poisson quantile regression in cross-section heterogeneity and longitudinal latent class analysis over the childhood and adolescence. Results: Internalizing behavior trajectories were identified: low-risk, childhood limited, late onset and early onset (persistent). Accelerated aging at birth was negatively associated with internalizing behaviors in early childhood but positively correlated during adolescence. Higher PoAm at birth increased chance of low-risk profile, while decreasing likelihood of childhood limited trajectory. PoAm at age 15 was negatively associated with childhood limited profile and positively linked to late onset trajectories. Associations were larger at higher values of internalizing symptoms. Conclusions: The heterogeneity in the association between biological age acceleration and internalizing behaviors suggests a complex dynamic relationship, particularly in children with high or increased risk of adverse mental health outcomes.
Disciplines :
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Caro, Juan Carlos
Holuka, Cyrielle;  Luxembourg Institute of Health - LIH
Menta, Giorgia;  Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research - LISER
Turner, Jonathan ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC)
Vögele, Claus ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
d'Ambrosio, Conchita ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Children’s internalizing behavior development is heterogeneously associated with the pace of epigenetic aging
Publication date :
2023
Journal title :
Biological Psychology
ISSN :
1873-6246
Publisher :
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Volume :
176
Pages :
108463
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
FnR Project :
FNR13650569 - Age Acceleration And The Life Course, 2019 (01/09/2020-31/08/2023) - Conchita D'ambrosio
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