Neuroimaging in children, adolescents and young adults with psychological trauma

M.A.W Rinne-Albers, N. van der Wee, F. Lamers-Winkelman, R.R.J.M. Vermeiren

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Abstract

Childhood psychological trauma is a strong predictor of psychopathology. Preclinical research points to the influence of this type of trauma on brain development. However, the effects of psychological trauma on the developing human brain are less known and a challenging question is whether the effects can be reversed or even prevented. The aim of this review is to give an overview of neuroimaging studies in traumatized juveniles and young adults up till 2012. Neuroimaging studies in children and adolescents with traumatic experiences were found to be scarce. Most studies were performed by a small number of research groups in the United States and examined structural abnormalities. The reduction in hippocampal volume reported in adults with PTSD could not be confirmed in juveniles. The most consistent finding in children and adolescents, who experienced psychological trauma are structural abnormalities of the corpus callosum. We could not identify any studies investigating treatment effects. Neuroimaging studies in traumatized children and adolescents clearly lag behind studies in traumatized adults as well as studies on ADHD and autism. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-755
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume22
Issue number12
Early online date4 Apr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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