Neighborhood Disadvantage and Telomere Length: Results from the Fragile Families Study.

TitleNeighborhood Disadvantage and Telomere Length: Results from the Fragile Families Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMassey, DS, Wagner, B, Donnelly, L, McLanahan, S, Brooks-Gunn, J, Garfinkel, I, Mitchell, C, Notterman, DA
JournalRSF
Volume4
Issue4
Pagination28-42
Date Published2018 Apr
ISSN2377-8261
Abstract

Telomeres are repetitive nucleotide sequences located at the ends of chromosomes that protect genetic material. We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study to analyze the relationship between exposure to spatially concentrated disadvantage and telomere length for white and black mothers. We find that neighborhood disadvantage is associated with shorter telomere length for mothers of both races. This finding highlights a potential mechanism through which the unique spatially concentrated disadvantage faced by African Americans contributes to racial health disparities. We conclude that equalizing the health and socioeconomic status of black and white Americans will be very difficult without reducing levels of residential segregation in the United States.

DOI10.7758/RSF.2018.4.4.02
Alternate JournalRSF
PubMed ID30019006
PubMed Central IDPMC6046089
Grant ListP2C HD047879 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States