Additive interaction of child abuse and perinatal risk as signs of resiliency in adulthood

Yoko Nomura, Claude M. Chemtob, William P. Fifer, Jeffrey H. Newcorn, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

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To find the biological basis of resilience, we exploited data from a longitudinal community-based study of 1,748 adult children, followed from birth to adulthood. Results showed that those with both abuse and perinatal problems demonstrated synergistically impaired well-being, a higher rate of school dropout, lower sense of success, and lower income. Among abused adult children (n = 271), we found that those without, relative to those with, perinatal problems had lower risk for adult psychopathology. An examination of the biological base of resilience could be added in a multidimensional/ multifactorial model to help researchers identify ways to promote resiliency even before birth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResilience in Children
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1573316431, 9781573316439
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632


  • Childhood abuse
  • Low birthweight
  • Preterm birth
  • Psychopathology
  • Resiliency


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