The Long Arm of Childhood Adversities

Socioeconomic disadvantage, family instability, and abuse are widely studied early-life adversities (ELAs) that co-occur in the lives of many. I have investigated how differential exposure and differential vulnerability to ELAs produce gender and racial inequalities in health over the life course. I have also examined gendered or racial life-course pathways (social, psychological, and behavioral) that link life adversities and health outcomes.

Relevant Publications

Lee, Chioun and Carol D. Ryff. (Forthcoming). Pathways Linking Combinations of Early-Life Adversities to Adult Mortality: Tales that Vary by Gender. Social Science & Medicine. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun, Lexi Harari and Soojin Park. (Forthcoming). Early-Life Adversities and Recalcitrant Smoking in Midlife: An Examination of Gender and Life-Course Pathways. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun and Soojin Park. (2020). “Examining Cumulative Inequality in the Association between Childhood SES and BMI from Midlife to Old Age.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 75(6), 1264-1274. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun, Vera K. Tsenkova, Jennifer M. Boylan, and Carol D. Ryff. (2018) “Gender Differences in the Pathways from Childhood Disadvantage to Metabolic Syndrome in Adulthood: An Examination of Health Lifestyles.” SSM-Population Health, 4, 216–224. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun, Chris L. Coe, and Carol D. Ryff. (2017). “Social Disadvantage, Severe Child Abuse, and Biological Profiles in Adulthood.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 58(3), 371–386. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun, Vera Tsenkova, and Deborah Carr. (2014). “Childhood Trauma and Metabolic Syndrome in Men and Women.” Social Science & Medicine, 105, 122–130. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun and Helene R. White. (2012). “The Effects of Childhood Maltreatment on Violent Injuries and Premature Death during Young Adulthood among Urban High-risk Men.” Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 166(9), 814–820. [Journal Link]

Lee, Chioun, Courtney Cronley, Helene R. White, Eun-Young Mun, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, and Rolf Loeber. (2012). “Racial Differences in the Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment for Adolescent and Young Adult Depression, Heavy Drinking, and Violence.” Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(5), 443–449. [Journal Link]