Journal article

Observed Measures of Negative Parenting Predict Brain Development during Adolescence

Sarah Whittle, Nandita Vijayakumar, Meg Dennison, Orli Schwartz, Julian G Simmons, Lisa Sheeber, Nicholas B Allen



Limited attention has been directed toward the influence of non-abusive parenting behaviour on brain structure in adolescents. It has been suggested that environmental influences during this period are likely to impact the way that the brain develops over time. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between aggressive and positive parenting behaviors on brain development from early to late adolescence, and in turn, psychological and academic functioning during late adolescence, using a multi-wave longitudinal design. Three hundred and sixty seven magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were obtained over three time points from 166 adolescents (11-20 years). At the first time..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia)

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by grants from the Colonial Foundation, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia, Program Grant 350241; Career Development Fellowship ID: 1007716 to SW) and the Australian Research Council (ARC, Discovery Grant DP0878136). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.