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The Third Riggs-Yale Conference on Partnerships, Parenting, and Family Systems
Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology: Research and Clinical Perspectives
Jane G. Tillman, PhD ABPP, Conference Director
The third jointly sponsored conference Yale Child Study Center and the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center will be held on May 16-17, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference continues the exploration of the research and clinical connections between early life experience, parenting, substance abuse, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the multiple life contexts for adult psychopathology.
In a series of clinical and research presentations the conference will examine the psychological and biological mechanisms that link early adversity with psychopathology in children that persists into adulthood. Links will also be traced between adversity early in childhood and the parenting of those children when they become adults, creating a cycle of the intergenerational transmission of adversity, psychopathology, and problems in the family system. Researchers will summarize findings linking early childhood adversity and adult medical sequelae as well as recent data on the long-term psychological and medical outcomes of fetal exposure to maternal distress and under nutrition. In this year’s conference researchers in the area of child development, substance abuse and family systems will present current findings about the interrelationship of these problems. Clinicians will report on how difficulties in the early parent-child relationship and other forms of childhood adversity may shape the treatment process across the adult lifespan. There will be ample time for discussion among presenters and the audience, as we seek to examine how the effects of early adversity are recognized and what interventions may be most effective.
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