Biologic findings of post-traumatic stress disorder and child maltreatment.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Child maltreatment is a serious problem in US society, affecting approximately three million children. Children and adolescents exposed to child abuse and neglect experience high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, they are at risk for comorbid mental illness. Biologic stress systems affected in trauma and in PTSD are complex. Findings in cognitive testing, neuroimaging, and affected pathways shed light on the consequences of child maltreatment. What is known about treatment and outcomes for children with history of maltreatment and maltreatment-related PTSD indicates the need for prevention, intervention, and treatment of children exposed to abuse and neglect. The following is a brief review of the most recent neurobiologic findings in child maltreatment and related PTSD.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Bellis, MD; Thomas, LA

Published Date

  • June 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 108 - 117

PubMed ID

  • 12685990

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1523-3812

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11920-003-0027-z


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States