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Biological sensitivity to context: I. An evolutionary–developmental theory of the origins and functions of stress reactivity
Theoretical perspectives generate a novel hypothesis: that there is a curvilinear, U-shaped relation between early exposures to adversity and the development of stress-reactive profiles, with high reactivity phenotypes disproportionately emerging within both highly stressful and highly protected early social environments.
Differential susceptibility to the environment: An evolutionary–neurodevelopmental theory
- B. Ellis, W. Boyce, J. Belsky, M. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn
- Biology, PsychologyDevelopment and Psychopathology
- 24 January 2011
The differential susceptibility paradigm has far-reaching implications for understanding whether and how much child and adult development responds, for better and for worse, to the gamut of species-typical environmental conditions.
A new approach to integrating data from multiple informants in psychiatric assessment and research: mixing and matching contexts and perspectives.
- H. Kraemer, J. Measelle, J. Ablow, M. Essex, W. Boyce, D. Kupfer
- PsychologyThe American journal of psychiatry
- 1 September 2003
A theory is proposed to explain observed patterns of interinformant discordance and a new approach to using data from multiple informants to measure characteristics of interest is suggested.
The lifelong effects of early childhood adversity and toxic stress.
- W. Boyce
- Psychology, MedicinePediatric dentistry
- 30 April 2016
The origins of these processes in early life reveal how many of the chronic morbidities of adulthood should be viewed as developmental disorders, with etiologic roots in childhood.
Neuroscience, molecular biology, and the childhood roots of health disparities: building a new framework for health promotion and disease prevention.
A scientific consensus is emerging that the origins of adult disease are often found among developmental and biological disruptions occurring during the early years of life. These early experiences…
Family Socioeconomic Status and Child Executive Functions: The Roles of Language, Home Environment, and Single Parenthood
- K. Sarsour, M. Sheridan, D. Jutte, A. Nuru-Jeter, Stephen Hinshaw, W. Boyce
- PsychologyJournal of the International Neuropsychological…
- 15 November 2010
It is demonstrated that family SES inequalities are associated with inequalities in home environments and in child executive functions and the impact of these disparities as they unfold in the lives of typically developing children merits further investigation and understanding.
Associations Between Physiological Reactivity and Children’s Behavior: Advantages of a Multisystem Approach
It is proposed that substantial advances can be made by investigating patterns of physiological responses among multiple, concurrent systems rather than individual response systems.
Biological Sensitivity to Context
Conventional views suggest that exaggerated biological reactivity to stress is a harmful vestige of an evolutionary past in which threats to survival were more prevalent and severe. Recent evidence,…
Autonomic reactivity and psychopathology in middle childhood
- W. Boyce, J. Quas, A. Alkon, N. Smider, M. Essex, D. Kupfer
- Medicine, PsychologyBritish Journal of Psychiatry
- 1 August 2001
School-age children with mental health symptoms showed a pattern of autonomic dimorphism in their reactivity to standardised challenges, which may be of use in early identification of children with presyndromal psychopathology.
Socioeconomic differences in children's health: how and why do these relationships change with age?
It was found that a model's capacity to explain SES-health relationships varied across health outcomes, and the authors proposed a developmental approach to exploring mechanisms that link SES and child health.