Identifying Treatment Targets for Children of Mothers Who Experienced Sexual Violence
2023 Award: $199,000
Children whose caregivers have been exposed to trauma are at high risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this project, we will examine the factors that increase risk for and the factors that protect against the onset of PTSD among offspring of trauma-exposed caregivers. Findings from this study will support future work to develop novel programs to prevent and treat youth PTSD.
Need/Problem: Children whose caregivers are exposed to severe trauma are at high risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most research focuses on the adult who was exposed to trauma, and scarce research has examined when and how caregiver PTSD may lead to offspring PTSD. Thus, there is limited understanding of how to prevent and intervene in the development of PTSD in offspring of caregivers who experience trauma.
Grant Summary: We will examine the onset and development of PTSD among 100 mother-child dyads consisting of adult woman who received emergency care after sexual trauma and her offspring who is between the age of 6 and 12 years.
Goals and Projected Outcomes: This study will provide preliminary data on the factors that either increase risk for or the factor that protect against the development of PTSD among offspring when caregivers have been exposed to trauma. Data from this study will provide preliminary data for subsequent funding to develop and test novel prevention and treatment programs for children with PTSD.