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Introduction: Stress and adversity during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood could impact the present and future health and well-being of people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS); however, a lifespan approach and nuanced stressor data are scarce in this nascent area of research. Our aim was to examine relationships among comprehensively measured lifetime stressors and two self-reported MS outcomes: (1) disability and (2) relapse burden changes since COVID-19 onset. Methods: Cross-sectional data were collected from a nationally distributed survey of U.S.-based adults with MS. Hierarchical block regressions were used to sequentially evaluate contributions to both outcomes independently. Likelihood ratio (LR) tests and Akaike information criterion (AIC) were used to evaluate additional predictive variance and model fit. Results: A total of 713 participants informed either outcome. Most respondents (84%) were female, 79% had relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), and mean (SD) age was 49 (12.7) years. Childhood (R2 =.261, p
Polick, C. S., Ploutz-Snyder, R., Braley, T. J., Connell, C. M., & Stoddard, S. A. (2023). Associations among stressors across the lifespan, disability, and relapses in adults with multiple sclerosis. Brain and Behavior, 13(7). https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.3073