Biological Indicators of Trauma in Foster Youth: The Role of Social Support
Child maltreatment is a critical public health concern. Individuals maltreated in childhood are at risk for a number of serious psychiatric and medical problems over the life span. The idea that maltreatment heightens risk for disease via immune dysfunction has been fueled by the results of numerous studies showing that, among adults exposed to maltreatment in childhood, biomarkers of systemic inflammation are elevated. The proposed study will utilize a longitudinal structural equation modeling framework to test the interaction of maltreatment and social support over time on inflammatory biomarkers (i.e., interleukin-6 and C-reactive protein) in foster youth.