Administered in: College of the Liberal Arts
Childhood adversity leads to premature diseases of aging, most forms of psychopathology, and early mortality. The biological toxicity of chronic stress is a critical conduit of this phenomenon. This new NIMH-funded R33 project will evaluate the psychological and biological outcomes of a new coping-identity-empowerment focused intervention program designed specifically to mitigate the health effects of exposure to chronic stress stemming from poverty, violence exposure, and discrimination. This project uses a randomized clinical trial with 150 economically disadvantaged preadolescents to: (1) test the malleability of the physiologic stress response systems (e.g., HPA) in response to the intervention; and (2) test the extent to which skill acquisition and changes in HPA functioning lead to improved trajectories of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms over time in youths randomized to the 16-session intervention.
The goal of this project is to meet the social-emotional needs of preadolescents exposed to poverty’s chronic stress and trauma by improving and expanding their coping and self-regulation skills through the adaptation of a virtual setting. The multicomponent program (vBaSICS) is designed to help youth develop a positive racial and cultural identity, healthy coping skills, and collective power through virtual content delivery. Study goals: (1) evaluate the virtual delivery of the BaSICS program and (2) reduce stress and improve primary and secondary coping skills in youth.
(Photos unavailable) Kelly Aucremanne, Maria Marini, and Wenting Zhu