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Maltreated Children Show Same Pattern Of Brain Activity As Combat Soldiers

Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, new research has shown. In the first functional MRI brain scan study to investigate the impact of physical abuse and domestic violence on children, scientists at UCL in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, found that […]

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Assistant Professor Jesse R. Cougle

Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) In Women Linked To History Of Rape Or Child Abuse

A Florida State University clinical psychologist has identified factors that could cause some women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to have chronic, persistent symptoms while others recover naturally over time. At the conclusion of a two-year study of women from across the nation, Assistant Professor Jesse R. Cougle found that those with PTSD who reported […]

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Childhood Maltreatment Associated With Cerebral Gray Matter Reductions In Adolescents

od maltreatment is associated with reductions in cerebral gray matter volume, and even if adolescents reporting exposure to maltreatment do not have symptoms that meet full criteria for psychiatric disorders, they may have cerebral gray matter changes that place them at risk for behavioral difficulties, according to a report in the December issue of Archives […]

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Researcher Kim Anderson

Protective Factors Identified That Help Women Recover From Childhood Violence

Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to be in abusive intimate relationships and experience psychological problems such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adulthood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A University of Missouri researcher has found that certain protective factors foster resilience and increase the likelihood that the […]

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In Homes Where Child Abuse Reports Have Been Substantiated, Groups At Higher And Lower Risk For Further Reports And Abuse Are Identified

Children who remain in the home after a substantiated report of abuse may have more or less risk of further abuse depending on certain characteristics of their caregivers, according to a report published Online First today by Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The research was conducted by Suzanne R. […]

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Researcher Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D.

Pregnancy-Related Depression Linked To Eating Disorders And Physical Or Sexual Abuse

One in 10 women experience depression during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth. Although the problem has received increased attention in recent years, little is known about the causes or early-warning signs of pregnancy-related depression. In a study published in the June 2011 issue of Journal of Women’s Health, researchers at the University of North Carolina […]

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Researcher Victor Carrion

Childhood Trauma Linked To Higher Rates Of Mental Health Problems And Potential Misdiagnosis Of PTSD

New research has shown that children’s risk for learning and behavior problems and obesity rises in correlation to their level of trauma exposure, says the psychiatrist at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who oversaw the study. The findings could encourage physicians to consider diagnosing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rather […]

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Boys Who Bullied Have An Increased Risk Of Violent Behaviors Against Intimate Partner In Adulthood

Men who report having bullied peers in childhood appear to have an increased risk of perpetrating violence against an intimate partner in adulthood, according to a report posted online today by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The authors point out, as background information, that roughly one-quarter of women […]

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