Which statement explains the effect of peer struggles on aging? Multiple choice question. Peer struggles were linked to accelerated epigenetic aging at 30 years of age which correlate to stress leading to increased mortality and morbidity. Adolescents who have low self-esteem are more prone to peer struggles and therefore increased risk for stress factors that indicate increased mental health illness. A link to accelerated epigenetic aging at 30 years of age has been attributed to consistent peer struggles during adolescence.