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Message ID: 7953
Date: 2008-12-11

Author:M. W. Sullivan

Subject:Re: Question about the research re neurophysiological changes due to stress

When we've tried to look at effects in stress in children between the ages

of 6 and 9 with maltreatment histories, we have quantified "stress exposure"

as the amount of physical and psychological punitiveness reported by the

parent in the last year on CTS-PC and the number of neglectful allegations

abstracted from open CPS records. These are admittedly crude indices but

they show some relation of what I'd call persistent maltreatment to altered

cortisol levels in our children.



This is as yet unpublished data.





Margaret W. Sullivan, Ph. D.

Professor & Associate Director

Institute for the Study of Child Development/Pediatrics

www2. umdnj.edu/iscdweb

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

97 Paterson Street

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903-0019



"The approach to the problem is more important than the solution."



Phone: 732-235-7164 FAC:732-235-6189 E-Mail: sullivan@umdnj.edu



----- Original Message -----

From: "Toni Cavanagh Johnson"

To: "Child Maltreatment Researchers"



Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 5:11 PM

Subject: Fwd: Question about the research re neurophysiological changes due

to stress





>I should have said that I am familiar with Perry's and others' work. I

>want to ask a few questions about this body of research.

>

> Here is the question.

>

> When researchers are discussing the effects of stress/trauma/domestic

> violence on children and referring to physiological or neurophysiological

> changes, what level of stress/trauma/domestic violence are they

> referring to? I have never seen it quantified.

>

> My impression is that to cause long term neurobiological or

> neurophysiological changes in an individual it would have to be repeated

> over an extended period of time (weeks? months?) if the amount of

> stress (no medical evidence of physical harm) was a 3-4 on a 10 point

> scale in a 2 year old child. Anyone have any ideas?

>

> Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.

> 1101 Fremont Avenue, Suite 101

> South Pasadena, California 91030

> USA

> Tel: 626-799-4522

> FAX: 818-790-0139

> toni@tcavjohn.com

> www.tcavjohn.com

>

>

>

>

> Begin forwarded message:

>

>> From: Toni Cavanagh Johnson

>> Date: December 9, 2008 11:25:13 AM PST

>> To: Child Maltreatment Researchers

>>
>> >

>> Subject: Re: Question about the research re neurophysiological changes

>> due to stress

>> Reply-To: Child Maltreatment Researchers

>>
>> >

>>

>> Is there someone I can contact who can answer questions about

>> neurophysiological changes due to stress? I would appreciate your

>> expertise in this matter.

>>

>> Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.

>> 1101 Fremont Avenue, Suite 101

>> South Pasadena, California 91030

>> USA

>> Tel: 626-799-4522

>> FAX: 818-790-0139

>> toni@tcavjohn.com

>> www.tcavjohn.com

>>

>

>

>









When we've tried to look at effects in stress in children between the ages

of 6 and 9 with maltreatment histories, we have quantified "stress exposure"

as the amount of physical and psychological punitiveness reported by the

parent in the last year on CTS-PC and the number of neglectful allegations

abstracted from open CPS records. These are admittedly crude indices but

they show some relation of what I'd call persistent maltreatment to altered

cortisol levels in our children.



This is as yet unpublished data.





Margaret W. Sullivan, Ph. D.

Professor & Associate Director

Institute for the Study of Child Development/Pediatrics

www2. umdnj.edu/iscdweb

UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

97 Paterson Street

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903-0019



"The approach to the problem is more important than the solution."



Phone: 732-235-7164 FAC:732-235-6189 E-Mail: sullivanumdnj.edu



----- Original Message -----

From: "Toni Cavanagh Johnson"

To: "Child Maltreatment Researchers"



Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 5:11 PM

Subject: Fwd: Question about the research re neurophysiological changes due

to stress





>I should have said that I am familiar with Perry's and others' work. I

>want to ask a few questions about this body of research.

>

> Here is the question.

>

> When researchers are discussing the effects of stress/trauma/domestic

> violence on children and referring to physiological or neurophysiological

> changes, what level of stress/trauma/domestic violence are they

> referring to? I have never seen it quantified.

>

> My impression is that to cause long term neurobiological or

> neurophysiological changes in an individual it would have to be repeated

> over an extended period of time (weeks? months?) if the amount of

> stress (no medical evidence of physical harm) was a 3-4 on a 10 point

> scale in a 2 year old child. Anyone have any ideas?

>

> Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.

> 1101 Fremont Avenue, Suite 101

> South Pasadena, California 91030

> USA

> Tel: 626-799-4522

> FAX: 818-790-0139

> tonitcavjohn.com

> www.tcavjohn.com

>

>

>

>

> Begin forwarded message:

>

>> From: Toni Cavanagh Johnson

>> Date: December 9, 2008 11:25:13 AM PST

>> To: Child Maltreatment Researchers

>>
>> >

>> Subject: Re: Question about the research re neurophysiological changes

>> due to stress

>> Reply-To: Child Maltreatment Researchers

>>
>> >

>>

>> Is there someone I can contact who can answer questions about

>> neurophysiological changes due to stress? I would appreciate your

>> expertise in this matter.

>>

>> Toni Cavanagh Johnson, Ph.D.

>> 1101 Fremont Avenue, Suite 101

>> South Pasadena, California 91030

>> USA

>> Tel: 626-799-4522

>> FAX: 818-790-0139

>> tonitcavjohn.com

>> www.tcavjohn.com

>>

>

>

>