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NCJ Number: 229925 Find in a Library
Title: Child Maltreatment and the Developing Brain: A Review of Neuroscience Perspectives
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:January/February 2010  Pages:59-68
Author(s): Sandra Twardosz; John R. Lutzker
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 10
Publisher: http://www.elsevier.com 
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews neuroscience perspectives on child maltreatment.
Abstract: In this article, neuroscience perspectives on child maltreatment are reviewed to facilitate understanding of the rapid integration of neuroscience knowledge into the academic, clinical, and lay literature on the topic. Seminal articles from developmental psychology and psychiatry, a discussion of brain plasticity, and a summary of recent reviews of research on stress system dysregulation are presented with some attention to methodological issues. A common theme is that maltreatment during childhood is an experience that may affect the course of brain development, potentially leading to differences in brain anatomy and functioning with lifelong consequences for mental health. The design of prevention and intervention strategies for child maltreatment may benefit from considering neuroscience perspectives along with those of other disciplines. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Child development; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Youth development
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