1st Edition

The Societal Burden of Child Abuse
Long-Term Mental Health and Behavioral Consequences

ISBN 9781771882446
Published August 3, 2015 by Apple Academic Press
366 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


Overview of the Topic

Lessons Learned from Child Sexual Abuse Research: Prevalence, Outcomes, and Preventive Strategies; Delphine Collin-Vézina, Isabelle Daigneault, and Martine Hébert

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, Jörg Weidenhammer, and Jörg 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-Vézina, Isabelle Daigneault, and Martine Hébert

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. Olié, A. Salzmann, R. Nicastro, S. Guillaume, D. Mouthon, C. Stouder, K. Dieben, P. Huguelet, P. Courtet, and A. Malafosse


Lessons Learned from Child Sexual Abuse Research: Prevalence, Outcomes, and Preventive Strategies; Delphine Collin-Vézina, Isabelle Daigneault, and Martine Hébert


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Dr. Lisa Prock is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s Hospital (Boston) and Harvard Medical School. She attended college at the University of Chicago, medical school at Columbia University, and received a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Board certified in general pediatrics and developmental behavioral pediatrics, she currently is clinical director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and consultant to the Walker School, a residential school serving children in foster care. Dr. Prock has combined her clinical interests in child development and international health with advocacy for children in medical, residential, and educational settings since 1991. She has worked in Cambodia teaching pediatrics and studying tuberculosis epidemiology and in Eastern Europe visiting children with severe neurodevelopmental challenges in orphanages. She has co-authored numerous original publications and articles for families. She is also a nonprofit board member for organizations and has received numerous local and national awards for her work with children and families.