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How do the effects of childhood abuse extend into middle age?

Jan 13, 2022

Childhood sexual abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and other health problems later in life. Not all abused children experience these problems, however, and researchers are working to understand whose health is affected and why. In a new article in the journal…

Grant to support instruction of trauma-informed practices in the classroom

Dec 13, 2021

Trauma can have detrimental effects on the academic performance of students, particularly those with disabilities. A five-year training grant awarded to researchers in the Penn State College of Education will collaboratively prepare master’s degree candidates as special education teachers and…

Conference focuses on latest child maltreatment research methods

Nov 2, 2021

Investigating the newest methods for research concerning children was the focus of the 2021 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, both in person and virtually. The two-day event featured 17…

EIC Podcast Episode 14: Navigating PA’s Child Welfare System and Issues of Child Maltreatment

Aug 29, 2021

On the latest Evidence-to-Impact Podcast, we explored Pennsylvania’s child welfare system and issues of child maltreatment through the lens of an existing partnership between Penn State and government partners. We spoke to Jennie Noll, Ph.D., professor of human development and family studies and…

Preventing child sexual abuse program effective addition to parent training

Nov 11, 2020

Researchers at Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network are using a novel approach to further prevent child sexual abuse. They tested whether a child sexual abuse prevention program, Smart Parents–Safe and Healthy Kids (SPSHK), could be implemented as an additional module to already…

Registration open for a seminar about research of child maltreatment

Nov 3, 2020

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “The Impacts of Child Maltreatment on Development: Implications for Prevention and Policy” at its next Translational Science Seminar Series webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 19. Jennie Noll, professor of human development and family…

Molecular stress indicator not observed in survivors of child sexual abuse

Aug 18, 2020

  Researchers and medical experts have long known that child sexual abuse has profoundly negative effects on the health of survivors; however, an international team of researchers was not able to find a link between the abuse and telomere length, considered an indicator of cellular aging and health…

Preventing child abuse through upcoming webinar series

Jul 2, 2020

Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, though nationally recognized, is taking preventative measures that promote a safer community for the children locally in Centre County. Through partnerships with Centre County Youth Services Bureau and the YMCA of Centre County, the Solutions…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on aggressive parenting

Jun 16, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on aggressive parenting. During the pandemic, closed schools and daycare centers, parents working at home, and financial insecurity are increasing stress levels and frictions at home. These conditions lead…

New Penn State program will train next generation of child maltreatment scholars

May 26, 2020

Child maltreatment is a significant health issue, affecting more than 12% of children in the U.S. by the time they reach age 18, and is associated with a myriad of behavioral, emotional, and physical health problems for survivors. Researchers in Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network…

Connell to research impact of social distancing

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 research to evaluate impact of public health responses to pandemic on children Christian Connell, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, has been funded by the Social Science Research Institute and …

SSRI cofunds named to trauma-informed initiative

May 19, 2020

Two SSRI cofunded faculty members were recently selected to join Governor Tom Wolf’s 'Trauma-Informed PA Think Tank', a statewide initiative to develop the commonwealth's capacity for trauma-informed care. Chad Shenk, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate…

Pandemic lockdown increases child abuse and family violence

May 14, 2020

Articles in U.S. News, The Atlantic, and the American Psychological Association quote SSRI cofunds Brian Allen, Jennie Noll, and Yo Jackson on how the pandemic is creating situations of isolation and parental stress, which are major risk factors for child abuse.

Connell to study impacts of COVID-19 and child maltreatment

Apr 16, 2020

Many populations are impacted by the effects of COVID-19 and the crisis response, but children may be especially vulnerable to poor outcomes during this time. Christian Connell, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions…

Report offers recommendations for protecting children from trafficking, abuse

Mar 13, 2020

Penn State faculty with expertise in public health, nursing, sociology and criminology are working to better protect children from trafficking and sexual abuse. The researchers said they hope that by gaining a better understanding of the complexities of human trafficking and commercial sexual…

Groundbreaking Nursing Podcast Series Highlights Pennsylvania Nurses

Sep 19, 2019

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition is excited to announce “At the Core of Care,” a new podcast series that highlights the creative efforts of nurses and their partners to meet the health and health care needs of patients, families, and communities. “At the Core of Care” weaves together themes of…

Foster care the focus of upcoming child maltreatment conference

Aug 28, 2019

The 2019 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference, being held Sept. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus, will focus on identifying and addressing the obstacles within the foster care system by translating research and evidence-based solutions into effective…

Penn State participates in Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

May 22, 2019

Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) 2019 Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., taking part in a full schedule of events to bring awareness to social and behavioral sciences.  During the advocacy day, COSSA members met with…

Registration for 2019 Solutions Network Conference is open

Apr 23, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Child Maltreatment Solutions Network Conference is now open. The Future of Foster Care New Science to Address Old Problems will take place September 23-24 at The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. The conference will focus on identifying and…

Panlilio authors new book on trauma-informed schools

Apr 16, 2019

The long term effects of child maltreatment on academic achievement is the focus of a new book authored by Carlomagno Panlilio, assistant professor of education and Child Maltreatment Solutions Network faculty member. The book, Trauma-Informed Schools: Integrating Child Maltreatment Prevention,…

Penn State represented at Congressional briefing addressing child maltreatment

Apr 10, 2019

Yo Jackson, associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of psychology at Penn State, recently provided testimony on strengthening prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor’s subcommittee on Civil Rights…

Interparental aggression often co-occurs with aggression toward kids

Apr 9, 2019

Parents in the midst of a psychologically or physically aggressive argument tend to also be aggressive with their children, according to researchers at Penn State. The team found that this "spillover" of aggression toward children causes kids to exhibit greater fear during future incidents of…

Strategies for Sexual Abuse Prevention: Raising Safe and Healthy Children

Apr 3, 2019

More than 20 percent of children who are sexually abused are assaulted before the age of eight, resulting in some of these children developing emotional and mental health problems, abusing alcohol and drugs, and dropping out of school. Early intervention and prevention efforts can decrease many of…

Biological responses to conflict differ in maltreated children

Feb 12, 2019

Parent-child conflict is inevitable as children grow, become more independent, and explore the limits of their behavior. However, in families where child maltreatment is present, biological responses to conflict may be altered in both parents and children. A team of Penn State researchers measured…

New, evidence-based diagnostic tool developed for abusive head trauma

Jan 14, 2019

Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of traumatic death and disability in infants and young children in the United States. However, multiple studies have shown that disparities and bias can affect physicians’ decisions to evaluate, diagnose and report suspected abuse. In response, researchers…