Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Raitakari, Olli
Organisation TYKS
Project title
Role of early life risk factors in associations between work, cardiovascular disease and depression: A life course approach based on two prospective cohorts.
Decision No. 124282
Decision date 17.10.2007
Funding period 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2011
Funding 182 310
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
This project adopted a life course approach to examine early socioeconomic circumstances as predictors of being selected into a job with stressful work conditions in adulthood. Work-related stress was stronger in those subjects who had experienced long-term stress or deficient maternal nurturing in their childhood. Those men who did shift work or whose work became passive had thicker vascular walls. Physically active adults are less prone to experience work stress and to have depressive symptoms. Physical activity in childhood and adolescence has long-term effects on lowering job strain in adulthood. Early childhood environment together with the innate temperament may influence stress sensitivity and how the individual experiences work stress later in life.