Daily family assistance and inflammation among adolescents from Latin American and European backgrounds.
|Title||Daily family assistance and inflammation among adolescents from Latin American and European backgrounds.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Fuligni AJ, Telzer EH, Bower J, Irwin MR, Kiang L, Cole SW|
|Journal||Brain Behav Immun|
|Date Published||2009 Aug|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Biomarkers, Body Mass Index, C-Reactive Protein, Data Interpretation, Statistical, European Continental Ancestry Group, Family Relations, Female, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Inflammation, Interleukin-6, Los Angeles, Male, Medical Records, Predictive Value of Tests, Sex Factors, Stress, Psychological, Substance-Related Disorders, Surveys and Questionnaires|
To assess the biological impact of time spent helping the family during the teenage years, we examined circulating levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), soluble interleukin-6 receptor (sIL-6r), and C-reactive protein (CRP) in 64 adolescents (M(age)=17.79 years) from Latin American and European backgrounds. Analyses of nightly diary checklists over 14 days showed that the amount of time spent helping the family in a variety of ways, such as cooking, cleaning, and sibling care, was associated with long-term elevations of sIL-6r and CRP, even after controlling for ethnicity, parental education, BMI, substance use, distress, and frequency of daily family assistance 2 years earlier. However, adolescents who derived a greater sense of role fulfillment from helping the family on a daily basis had lower levels of sIL-6r and CRP as compared to their peers who engaged in the same amount of family assistance. Additional work should explore the family context that drives high levels of assistance among adolescents, as well as the variety of ways adolescents may derive meaning from this activity.
|Alternate Journal||Brain Behav. Immun.|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC2745960|
|Grant List||P30 AG028748 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States |
P30 AG028748-019004 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG026364 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 CA116778 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
R01 CA116778-03 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States