Working group : Consequences of childhood maltreatment

This module will provide a state of the art including teaching on epidemiology, on the psychopathological, physio-pathological and relational consequences of childhood maltreatment, including risk for depression, PTSD, drug abuse, and the different types of violence against minors.

It will also provide teaching on the cerebral consequences of childhood maltreatment, presenting neuroimaging data at the integrative level (alteration of the volume and the functional of cerebral areas, modification of the connectivity between brain areas) and at the cellular/molecular level (altered brain plasticity, alteration in gene expression). Further, it will show consequences at the level of education and its impact in the relational life of children and adolescents.

Further, neighbourhoods are complex environments with unique cultural, physical, and economic characteristics that can impact children physical and mental health. We will describe the socio-economic features that may undermine residents' lives, such as poor air quality, lack of green spaces, inadequate housing or residential crowding and that correlates with childhood maltreatment. It will focus on the increased risks associated with living in a disadvantaged area during infancy by highlighting the underlying environmental inequalities that are detrimental.