Re: [xmca] Neurodevelopmental impact of childhood abuse

From: David Cross <davidcross who-is-at>
Date: Sun Aug 26 2007 - 10:58:21 PDT


This is an area of work that is very important to my group, for we
are working with adopted children with backgrounds of maltreatment
and/or institutionalization. We are developing a model that
incorporates both neurodevelopmental and sociocultural perspectives,
but have not yet written it up. I do have a concept brief that I
would be willing to share. If you do a PsychINFO search using
"Vygotsky" "Therapy" and "Development" as keywords you will find
several articles that are part of an emerging literature on
Vygotskian approaches to therapy with children. One of my favorite
articles in this literature is the following:

Ruth Miltenburg and Elly Singer. Culturally mediated learning and the
development of self-regulation by survivors of child abuse: A
Vygotskian approach to the support of survivors of child abuse. Human
Development, 42(1), 1999, 1-17.

Best Wishes in your work,
David Cross

"What sad times we are living in!
   It is easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice".

        Albert Einstein

On Aug 20, 2007, at 3:03 PM, Tommy Begay wrote:

> Greetings!
> I would like some assistance...I am a doctoral student at the
> University of
> Arizona in Tucson, studying the neurodevelopmental impact of childhood
> abuse, neglect and violence.
> Work done by Perry and associates (as well as others) depict actual
> morphological and physiological changes to the brain as a result of
> chronic
> childhood abuse, neglect and violence. Eventually, these changes
> may have a
> negative consequential impact on the adult exposed to these
> afflictions. The
> results are often seen as homicide, suicide, alcohol abuse and
> other forms
> of drug abuse. The impact of this public health issue is just now
> being
> assessed, and to a certain degree, addressed.
> Has there been work done in this area that is grounded in
> cultural-historical psychology or CHAT? I would appreciate any
> assistance
> you be able to provide me with. Thank you in advance. Tommy+
> Tommy K. Begay, MPH, CHES
> Program Director
> American Indian Research Center for Health - NARTC
> Department of Family and Community Medicine
> University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
> 1642 E. Helen Street
> Tucson, Arizona 85719
> 520/975-6479
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