This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. Research into the effects of child abuse has experienced an explosion over the last few decades, resulting in a far more wide-ranging understanding of this grave societal problem. This compendium volume collects some of the most recent research and organizes it within three categories: societal effects, effects on health (including mental health) behaviors, and epigenetic effects. Specific topics include the associations between childhood abuse and the following factors: * Juvenile sexual offending * Juvenile delinquency * Adult aggression * Cognitive development * Adult smoking * Sleep patterns * Suicidal behaviors * Psychopathology * Epigenomic mechanisms Edited by a Harvard developmental behavioral pediatrician, this important compendium offers state-of-the-art knowledge to professionals and graduate students in the helping fields. The articles collected here provide researchers with foundations for further investigations, while they give active professionals greater power in the fight against child abuse.
Introduction Overview of the Topic Lessons Learned from Child Sexual Abuse Research: Prevalence, Outcomes, and Preventive Strategies; Delphine Collin-Vezina, Isabelle Daigneault, and Martine Hebert Part I: The Societal Effects of Early Trauma A Prevalence-Based Approach to Societal Costs Occurring in Consequence of Child Abuse and Neglect; Susanne Habetha, Sabrina Bleich, Jorg Weidenhammer, and Jorg M. Fegert Associations Between Trauma History and Juvenile Sexual Offending; Laura E. W. Leenarts, Larkin S. McReynolds, Robert R. J. M. Vermeiren, Theo A. H. Doreleijers, and Gail A. Wasserman Children's Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization; Carlos A. Cuevas, David Finkelhor, Anne Shattuck, Heather Turner, and Sherry Hamby Early Trauma and Increased Risk for Physical Aggression During Adulthood: The Moderating Role of MAOA Genotype; Giovanni Frazzetto, Giorgio Di Lorenzo, Valeria Carola, Luca Proietti, Ewa Sokolowska, Alberto Siracusano, Cornelius Gross, and Alfonso Troisi Part II: Effects of Early Trauma on Mental Health and Health Behaviors Lessons Learned from Child Sexual Abuse Research: Prevalence, Outcomes, and Preventive Strategies; Delphine Collin-Vezina, Isabelle Daigneault, and Martine Hebert Interpersonal Trauma Exposure and Cognitive Development in Children to Age 8 Years: A Longitudinal Study; Michelle Bosquet Enlow, Byron Egeland, Emily A. Blood, Robert O. Wright, and Rosalind J. Wright Adverse Childhood Experiences: Retrospective Study to Determine Their Impact on Adult Health Behaviours and Health Outcomes in a UK Population; Mark A. Bellis, Helen Lowey, Nicola Leckenby, Karen Hughes, and Dominic Harrison Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Smoking, Nebraska, 2011; Kristin Yeoman, Thomas Safranek, Bryan Buss, Betsy L. Cadwell, and David Mannino The Mediating Sex-Specific Effect of Psychological Distress on the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Current Smoking Among Adults; Tara W. Strine, Valerie J. Edwards, Shanta R. Dube, Morton Wagenfeld, Satvinder Dhingra, Angela Witt Prehn, Sandra Rasmussen, Lela McKnight-Eily, and Janet B. Croft Adverse Childhood Experiences and Frequent Insufficient Sleep in 5 U.S. States, 2009: A Retrospective Cohort Study; Daniel P. Chapman, Yong Liu, Letitia R. Presley-Cantrell, Valerie J. Edwards, Anne G. Wheaton, Geraldine S. Perry, and Janet B. Croft Suicidal Behaviors among Adolescents in Juvenile Detention: Role of Adverse Life Experiences; Madhav P. Bhatta, Eric Jefferis, Angela Kavadas, Sonia A. Alemagno, and Peggy Shaffer-King Part III: Early Trauma and Epigenetics The Link Between Child Abuse and Psychopathology: A Review of Neurobiological and Genetic Research; Eamon McCrory, Stephane A. De Brito, Essi Viding Childhood Abuse is Associated with Methylation of Multiple Loci in Adult DNA; Matthew Suderman, Nada Borghol, Jane J. Pappas, Snehal M. Pinto Pereira, Marcus Pembrey, Clyde Hertzman, Chris Power, and Moshe Szyf Epigenomic Mechanisms of Early Adversity and HPA Dysfunction: Considerations for PTSD Research; Patrick O. McGowan Increased Frequency of Micronuclei in Adults with a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Discordant Monozygotic Twin Study; Timothy P. York, Jenni Brumelle, Jane Juusola, Kenneth S. Kendler, Lindon J. Eaves, Ananda B. Amstadter, Steven H. Aggen, Kimberly H. Jones, Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, and Colleen Jackson-Cook Increased Methylation of Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene (NR3C1) in Adults with a History of Childhood Maltreatment: A Link with the Severity and Type of Trauma; N. Perroud, A. Paoloni-Giacobino, P. Prada, E. Olie, A. Salzmann, R. Nicastro, S. Guillaume, D. Mouthon, C. Stouder, K. Dieben, P. Huguelet, P. Courtet, and A. Malafosse Conclusion Lessons Learned from Child Sexual Abuse Research: Prevalence, Outcomes, and Preventive Strategies; Delphine Collin-Vezina, Isabelle Daigneault, and Martine Hebert Index