Neurodevelopmental biology associated with childhood sexual abuse.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Child maltreatment appears to be the single most preventable cause of mental illness and behavioral dysfunction in the United States. Few published studies examine the developmental and the psychobiological consequences of sexual abuse. There are multiple mechanisms through which sexual abuse can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, activate biological stress response systems, and contribute to adverse brain development. This article will critically review the psychiatric problems associated with maltreatment and the emerging biologic stress system research with a special emphasis on what is known about victimization by sexual abuse.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Bellis, MD; Spratt, EG; Hooper, SR

Published Date

  • September 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 548 - 587

PubMed ID

  • 21970646

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3769180

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1547-0679

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10538712.2011.607753


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States