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Childhood maltreatment, emotional dysregulation, and psychiatric comorbidities
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Yael Dvir, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Julian D. Ford, University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Michael Hill, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jean A. Frazier, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Date
5-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Affect dysregulation, defined as the impaired ability to regulate or tolerate negative emotional states, has been associated with interpersonal trauma and posttraumatic stress. Affect-regulation difficulties play a role in many psychiatric conditions, including anxiety and mood disorders, and especially major depression in youth and bipolar disorder throughout the life span. Exposure to traumatic events and interpersonal trauma in childhood is associated with wide-ranging psychosocial, developmental, and medical impairments in children, adolescents, and adults, with emotional dysregulation being a core feature that may help to account for this heightened risk. In order to understand how the developmental effects of childhood maltreatment contribute to emotional dysregulation and psychiatric sequelae, we review emotional regulation and its developmental neurobiology, and examine the research evidence of associations between childhood trauma, emotional dysregulation, and psychiatric comorbidities in children, adolescents, and adults.
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Citation: Dvir Y, Ford JD, Hill M, Frazier JA. Childhood maltreatment, emotional dysregulation, and psychiatric comorbidities. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2014 May-Jun;22(3):149-61. doi: 10.1097/HRP.0000000000000014. Review. PubMed PMID: 24704784; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4091823. Link to article on publisher's website

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Keywords
  • childhood maltreatment,
  • comorbidity,
  • emotional regulation/dysregulation,
  • interpersonal trauma,
  • posttraumatic stress,
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
PubMed ID
24704784
Citation Information
Yael Dvir, Julian D. Ford, Michael Hill and Jean A. Frazier. "Childhood maltreatment, emotional dysregulation, and psychiatric comorbidities" Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (2014) ISSN: 1465-7309
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jean_frazier/105/