1st Edition

Childhood Adversity and Developmental Effects
An International, Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Edited By

Lisa Albers Prock

ISBN 9781774633847
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
362 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

Child trauma and violence is not an issue that is constrained to one nationality or one ethnicity. A staggering number of children around the world are subjected to violence and abuse, both domestic and political. The current volume examines the issue of developmental trauma from a variety of viewpoints, including sociological, epidemiological, genetic, and psychiatric. The chapters contained within are broken into the following sections:

  • Child neglect and violence from an international perspective

  • The effects of war and armed conflict on children’s health and development

  • The impact of childhood trauma on mental and physical health into adulthood

  • Case studies of interventions that provide possibilities for treatment in a variety of different contexts

Written by a researcher from Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital (Boston), this book provides an important resource for understanding violence as an almost ubiquitous presence in children’s lives around the world, as well as offering directions for treatment and interventions. This book is an important resource for researchers, counselors, psychologists, child advocates, and anyone who seeks to understand how adversity in childhood affects a person’s entire life.

Table of Contents



Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect
Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children’s Bureau

Frequency of Child Maltreatment in a Representative Sample of the German Population
Benjamin Iffland, Elmar Brähler, Frank Neuner, Winfried Häuser, and Heide Glaesmer

Setting the Stage for Chronic Health Problems: Cumulative Childhood Adversity among Homeless Adults with Mental Illness in Vancouver, British Columbia
Michelle L Patterson, Akm Moniruzzaman, and Julian M Somers

Emotional Abuse Towards Children by Schoolteachers in Aden Governorate, Yemen: A Cross-Sectional Study
Amal S. S. Ba-Saddik and Abdullah S. Hattab

Child Neglect in One-Child Families from Suzhou City of Mainland China
Jing Hua, Zhe Mu, Bright I Nwaru, Guixiong Gu, Wei Meng, and Zhuochun Wu


Transgenerational Consequences of PTSD: Risk Factors for the Mental Health of Children Whose Mothers Have Been Exposed to the Rwandan Genocide
Maria Roth, Frank Neuner, and Thomas Elbert

The Intergenerational Effects of War on the Health of Children
Delan Devakumar, Marion Birch, David Osrin, Egbert Sondorp, and Jonathan C. K. Wells


Childhood Adversity, Recent Life Stressors and Suicidal Behavior in Chinese College Students
Zhiqi You, Mingxi Chen, Sen Yang, Zongkui Zhou, and Ping Qin

Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Development of Recurrent Major Depression in Chinese Women
Jing Chen, Yiyun Cai, Enzhao Cong, Ying Liu, Jingfang Gao, Youhui Li, Ming Tao, Kerang Zhang, Xumei Wang, Chengge Gao, Lijun Yang, Kan Li,Jianguo Shi, Gang Wang, Lanfen Liu, Jinbei Zhang, Bo Du, Guoqing Jiang, Jianhua Shen, Zhen Zhang, Wei Liang, Jing Sun, Jian Hu, Tiebang Liu, Xueyi Wang, Guodong Miao, Huaqing Meng, Yi Li, Chunmei Hu, Yi Li, Guoping Huang, Gongying Li, Baowei Ha, Hong Deng, Qiyi Mei, Hui Zhong, Shugui Gao, Hong Sang, Yutang Zhang, Xiang Fang, Fengyu Yu, Donglin Yang, Tieqiao Liu, Yunchun Chen, Xiaohong Hong, Wenyuan Wu, Guibing Chen, Min Cai, Yan Song, Jiyang Pan, Jicheng Dong, Runde Pan, Wei Zhang, Zhenming Shen, Zhengrong Liu, Danhua Gu, Xiaoping Wang, Xiaojuan Liu, Qiwen Zhang, Yihan Li, Yiping Chen, Kenneth S. Kendler, Shenxun Shi, and Jonathan Flint

Differences in the Association Between Childhood Trauma and BMI in Black and White South African Women
J. H. Goedecke, J. Forbes, and D. J. Stein

Childhood Trauma and PTSD Symptoms Increase the Risk of Cognitive Impairment in a Sample of Former Indentured Child Laborers in Old Age
Andrea Burri, Andreas Maercker, Sandy Krammer, and Keti Simmen-Janevska

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Psychosocial Well-Being and Cognitive Development Among Orphans and Abandoned Children in Five Low Income Countries
Maya Escueta, Kathryn Whetten, Jan Ostermann, Karen O’Donnell, and the Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) Research Team


School-Based Mental Health Intervention for Children in War-Affected Burundi: A Cluster Randomized Trial
Wietse A. Tol, Ivan H. Komproe, Mark J.D. Jordans, Aline Ndayisaba, Prudence Ntamutumba, Heather Sipsma, Eva S. Smallegange, Robert D. Macy, and Joop T. V. M. de Jong

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children
Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children’s Bureau

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Lisa Albers Prock, MD, MPH is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s Hospital (Boston) where she co-founded and directs the Adoption Program and works in the Developmental Medicine Center. She is a co-director of the Translational Neuroscience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she is the director of Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Services at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where her responsibilities include clinical director of the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program. She also is active in international health and resident/fellow education. She attended college at the University of Chicago, medical school at Columbia University and received a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. At the end of her training, she worked as a primary care pediatrician at a community health center and as an inpatient hospital physician. After obtaining a public health degree in international health, she lived and worked in Cambodia where she taught pediatrics and studied the epidemiology of tuberculosis in children. She returned to Boston for further training in general pediatrics and development as a Dyson Fellow at Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Prock is currently involved in translational research efforts as the principal investigator for four clinical trials working with adolescents and young adults with Fragile X Syndrome. She is also co-director of the clinical arm of the Translational Neuroscience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary collaboration to accelerate the translation of basic science findings into clinical meaning for children with developmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Prock has also combined her clinical interests in child development and international health with advocacy for children, particularly in the areas of foster care and adoption. She has been working with adoptees (both domestic and international) involved in medical, residential, and educational settings since 1991.

Her research interests include the long-term developmental, behavioral, and emotional concerns of adoptees. She has co-authored several original publications, edited several reference volumes, and written numerous articles. She has been a board member for several nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Family Connections, a family therapy organization specializing in issues for foster-care and adoptive families; Adoptive Families Together, a parent support group specific to adoptive families; and the Treehouse Foundation, a foster family empowerment program. She has received numerous local and national awards for her work with children and families, most recently the 2004 United States Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. She is a past chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adoption and Foster Care and current executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Foster Care, Kinship and Adoption.