Journal article

Exploring the stress sensitization theory with temperamentally inhibited children: a population-based study

Amy Brown, Joanna Bennet, Ronald M Rapee, Dina R Hirshfeld-Becker, Jordana K Bayer

BMC Pediatrics | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study explored whether temperamentally inhibited children who experience early trauma are vulnerable to developing internalizing problems in the face of later life-stressors. METHODS: A validated screen for temperamental inhibition was distributed to parents of young children attending preschools in six government regions of Melbourne, Australia. Screening identified 11% of children as inhibited (703 of 6347 screened) and eligible for a prevention study. Participants were 545 parents of inhibited preschoolers (78% uptake), of whom 84% were followed into mid childhood (age 7-10 years: wave 1, n = 446; wave 2, n = 427; wave 3, n = 426). Parents and children then completed ques..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants 607302 and 1079956, and by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funder(s) had no role in design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript.