Biological Indicators of Trauma in Foster Youth: The Role of Social Support

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 in foster youth.


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Yolanda Jackson
yjackson@ku.edu
785-864-3581
785-864-5024 (fax)
2013 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7555