Childhood Maltreatment Neurobiology

$3.00 | CEU Hours:1.00 | Advanced


CEU Course Description

Childhood maltreatment represents a significant risk factor for psychopathology.  This advanced CEU course provides the neuroendocrine findings for the association between maltreatment and atypical development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis stress response.

Author:  McCrory, E., De Brito, S., and Viding, E.  (2011, July).  The impact of childhood maltreatment: a review of neurobiological and genetic factors.  Frontiers in Psychiatry.

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CEU Course Objectives

1.  Explain the vulnerability hypothesis.

2.  Evaluate the genes for which linkage and association studies have implicated variants within the etiology of PTSD, depression, and antisocial behavior.

3.  Summarize what GxE research has suggested about how the environment influences risk for psychopathology and resiliency.

4.  Identify the brain region that has been shown to be particularly susceptible to structural change following abuse during the adolescent period.


CEU Outline with Main Points

1.  Stress Systems and Early Adversity

a.  Maltreatment and the HPA System

b.  Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment

c.  Adults Who Have Experienced Maltreatment as Children

2.  Structural Brain Differences Assocaited with Maltreatment

a.  Hippocampus

b.  Amygdala

c.  Corpus Callosum and Other White Matter Tracts

d.  Prefrontal Cortex

3.  Functional Brain Differences Associated with Maltreatment

a.  Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment

b.  Adults Who Have Experienced Maltreatment as Children

4.  The Genetics of Resilience and Vulnerability

a.  Do Genetic Differences Account for Individual Differences in Resilience and Vulnerability?

b.  The Interaction of Genes and Environment in Conferring Risk or Resilience

c.  Epigenetics and the Impact of Early Rearing Environment

5.  Clinical Implications



Date Added: 2017-12-20

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