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Early Childhood Stress Affects Brain’s Response to Rewards

Photo of parents arguing in background while young daughter looks into camera October 16, 2015

A Duke University-led study has pinpointed how early childhood stress affects the adult brain’s response to rewards. The findings suggest a possible pathway by which childhood stress may increase risk of depression and other mental health problems in adulthood.

Study Links Success in Adulthood to Childhood Psychiatric Health

July 15, 2015

Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, according to research from Center Faculty Fellow Bill Copeland and Center Associate Director of Research E. Jane Costello.

Kids Expecting Aggression from Others Become Aggressive Themselves

Photo of two young children pushing each other July 14, 2015

Hypervigilance to hostility in others triggers aggressive behavior in children, according to a study led by Center Director Kenneth A. Dodge. The study found this pattern is more common in some cultures than others, which helps explain why some cultures have more aggressive behavior problems in children.