Interactions of abuse and mental illness in the development of girls’ immune health

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University of Oregon Center for the Study of Women in Society Research Support Grant: USD$5,985.
There is a paucity of work examining how multiple facets of identity, including gender, childhood adversity, and experience of mental illness combine and interact to prevent women from achieving optimal immune health. This study will examine how girls’ experience of childhood maltreatment (specifically sexual and emotional abuse) can interact with their mental health status to predict levels of inflammation. This research may raise awareness of social inequality experienced by girls suffering from depression, and may eventually lead to interventions that reduce rates at which girls are mistreated sexually and emotionally, as well as interventions that reduce the stigma and burden of experiencing depression, especially in girls.
Effective start/end date1/04/1730/06/18