Journal article

The long-term associations between parental behaviors, cognitive function and brain activation in adolescence

Orwa Dandash, Nicolas Cherbuin, Orli Schwartz, Nicholas B Allen, Sarah Whittle



Parenting behavior has a vital role in the development of the brain and cognitive abilities of offspring throughout childhood and adolescence. While positive and aggressive parenting behavior have been suggested to impact neurobiology in the form of abnormal brain activation in adolescents, little work has investigated the links between parenting behavior and the neurobiological correlates of cognitive performance during this age period. In the current longitudinal fMRI study, associations between parenting behaviors and cognitive performance and brain activation across mid- and late-adolescence were assessed. Observed measures of maternal aggressive and positive behavior were recorded in ea..

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

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by grants from the Colonial Foundation, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Grant 350241), and the Australian Research Council (Discovery Grants DP0878136 and DP1092637). Dr. Whittle was supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1007716). The authors thank the Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne, Australia) for support in acquiring the neuroimaging data and the families who participated in the study.