Harvard Pop Center RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Margaret Sheridan, PhD, and Kate McLaughlin, PhD, are co-authors on a study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology that finds that adolescents who had a history of child abuse had higher diastolic blood pressure (DBP), suggesting a potential pathway by which child abuse leads to hypertension.
Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars program alumnae Kate McLaughlin, PhD, and Margaret Sheridan, PhD, have published a study that shows a link between early caregiving environments and how children’s stress response systems develop. The negative effects of early deprivation can be mitigated if environment is improved before the age of two. The results of the study have received attention on ScienceDaily.com.
Harvard Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar program alum Margaret A. Sheridan, PhD, has co-authored a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development that explores how genetic susceptibility interacts with extreme differences in the early caregiving environments (institutional vs. non-institutional) to predict distinct outcomes of neurodevelopment at age 8.
Last Spring, RWJF alums Katie McLaughlin and Margaret Sheridan were in the middle of a study on trauma that, like so many of its kind, relied upon artificial situations created in a lab. But in the middle of this study, a real-life trauma occurred: the marathon bombing. As McLaughlin told New England Public Radio, this provided a unique opportunity to look at how children and adolescents who had experienced previous trauma and stress responded to a new trauma. The study ultimately found that early exposure to violence makes someone more, not less, sensitized to violence later on. McLaughlin and Sheridan also made another important discovery: the more that a young person watched coverage of the bombing and subsequent manhunt, the more likely he or she was to feel unsafe or under threat, and to develop mental health problems afterwards.