Childhood Stress

K. E. Grant*, S. D. McMahon, J. S. Carter, E. Adam, S. N. Duffy, J. J. Taylor

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This encyclopedia entry provides (1) a brief history of the ways in which researchers have defined, conceptualized, and measured stress and (2) current recommended definitions and conceptualizations of stress for use with children and adolescents. The entry also describes some of the most prevalent types of stressors experienced by young people and common effects of stress exposure, including effects on mental health, physical health, and learning outcomes. Finally, this entry summarizes what researchers have discovered about the processes through which stressors affect children and adolescents, as well as factors that protect young people from the negative effects of stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780123970459
ISBN (Print)9780123977533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Learning problems
  • Mental health problems
  • Physical health problems
  • Protective factors
  • Reciprocal and dynamic relationships
  • Stress processes
  • Stressor taxonomy
  • Stressors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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