Biological memory of childhood maltreatment: current knowledge and recommendations for future research

  title={Biological memory of childhood maltreatment: current knowledge and recommendations for future research},
  author={Katharina Schury and Iris-Tatjana Kolassa},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • K. SchuryI. Kolassa
  • Published 1 July 2012
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Child maltreatment (CM) not only has detrimental and lifelong psychological consequences, but also can lead to lasting alterations in core physiological systems—a biological memory of CM. Furthermore, some of these alterations might even be transmitted to the next generation. This article describes current knowledge about the effects of CM on the stress system (i.e., the hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal axis), on cellular aging (i.e., telomere length and telomerase activity), and on the immune… 

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