Childhood stress

Kathryn E. Grant, Susan D. McMahon, Kaitlyn N. Ramian, Emma K. Adam, Sophia N. Duffy, Jeremy J. Taylor

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This encyclopedia entry provides a brief history of the ways in which researchers have defined, conceptualized, and measured stress and provides recommended definitions and conceptualizations of stress for use in research and practice 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. Both mental health and other types of outcomes, such as physical health and learning outcomes, are described. Finally, this entry summarizes what researchers have discovered about the processes through which stressors affect children and adolescents, as well as potential factors that might protect young people from the negative effects of stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323914987
ISBN (Print)9780323914970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Learning problems
  • Mental health problems
  • Physical health problems
  • Stress processes
  • Stressors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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