Laura's study will examine if pubertal timing and allostatic load are related, and if so, examine the influence of stress and health behaviour on the strength of the association. Using secondary data from a longitudinal study of the wellbeing of ∼9000 children and adolescents, a mediation model will be used to test the association of pubertal timing in early adolescence and allostatic load in late adolescence, and then test if any effect is via the experience of psychosocial stress or health behaviours. The findings will contribute to the knowledge of the associations of adolescent psycho-biosocial development, health behaviour, stress and adolescent health.
Laura will complete her B.A. in Applied Psychology in 2022.