The Influence of Different Types of Stress on Psychological Age

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Abstract

The article presents an analysis of modern research on the problem of the impact of stress on the biopsychological age of a person. Understanding the reasons for the increase in biopsychological age is important in the search for ways to slow down premature aging. Various types of stress are considered: combat stress (“war stress”), professional (work), retirement, COVID-19-related stress, as well as social isolation stress (“loneliness stress”). It is revealed that the “Stress of war” accelerates the pace of psychological (subjective), biological, epigenetic aging, causes a mismatch of biological and psychological ages. The consequence of occupational stress is an increase in the number of biomarkers of aging. Retirement stress and “loneliness stress” increase the biological age relative to the calendar. The impact of psychological stress in old age, as well as stress associated with an infectious disease, increases the immunological age and enhances immunological aging. All types of stress reduce the quality of life, increase the risk of premature aging and premature death. Based on the results of the review, it was suggested that one of the most effective factors capable of minimizing the harmful effects of stress on a person's biopsychological age is the psychological security of the individual.

General Information

Keywords: psychological aging; biological age; psychological age; stress; psychological security of the individual

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology and Age-Related Psychology

Article type: review article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/jmfp.2023120304

Funding. The study was financially supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project number 19-18-00058-P.

Received: 22.02.2023

Accepted:

For citation: Finogenova T.A., Berezina T.N., Litvinova A.V., Rybtsov S.A. The Influence of Different Types of Stress on Psychological Age [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2023. Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 41–51. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2023120304. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Tatiana A. Finogenova, PhD Student, Department of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2814-4498, e-mail: tatiana07finogenova@gmail.com

Tatiana N. Berezina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Scientific Foundations of Extreme Psychology, Moscow Institute of Psychology and Sociology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8188-237X, e-mail: tanberez@list.ru

Anna V. Litvinova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6783-3144, e-mail: annaviktorovna@mail.ru

Stanislav A. Rybtsov, PhD in Biology, Research Fellow, MRC, Center for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Head of the Group, Immunoaging. Head of the Resource Center for Cellular Technology and Immunology, Sirius University of Science and Technology, Edinburgh, Great Britain, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7786-1878, e-mail: s.rybtsov@ed.ac.uk

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