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Theall KP, Shirtcliff EA, Dismukes AR, et al.  Association between neighborhood violence and biological stress in children.  JAMA Pediatr. 2017  FREE FULL TEXT ARTICLE.

To study association between neighborhood violence and biological stress, a study of 85 black children was conducted.  Increased liquor/convenience stores, domestic violence, and crime were significantly associated with decrease in mean telomere length, and sustained cortisol levels.


Muzik M, et al.  Family Social Support Modifies the Relationships Between Childhood Maltreatment Severity, Economic Adversity and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms.  Matern Child Health J. 2017  FREE FULL TEXT ARTICLE.

First study to demonstrate interrelationships between income and social support on resilience to postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS) in childhood trauma-surviving women.


Fong K.  Child welfare involvement and contexts of poverty: The role of parental adversities, social networks, and social services.  Children and Youth Services Review 2017

Interviews with parents investigated for child maltreatment revealed  adversities related to poverty; embeddedness in disadvantaged networks or volatile personal relationships; and need for social services.  Suggest need to broadly strengthen supports for families and communities.

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Slack K, et al.   Introduction to the special issue on the economic causes and consequences of child maltreatment.  Children and Youth Services Review 2017  FREE FULL TEXT ARTICLE

In depth exploration of correlation of child maltreatment and community- or state-level poverty rates.  

Moffitt T  Childhood exposure to violence and lifelong health:  Clinical intervention science and stress biology research join forces.  Dev Psychopath.  2013  FREE FULL TEXT ARTICLE.

Evidence of stress-sensitive measures of children exposed to violence (inflammatory reactions, telomere erosion, epigenetic methylation, gene expression, neuroimaging, neuropsychological testing) and identified promising interventions.

Giovanelli A, et al. Adverse childhood experiences and adult well-being in a low-income, urban cohort. Pediatrics. 2016.  FREE FREE TEXT ARTICLE

1,202 low-income, minority participants in Chicago Longitudinal Study. Those with 4 or more ACEs had significantly reduced likelihood of high school graduation and increased risk for depression, health compromising behaviors, juvenile arrest, and felony charges.

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