Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Korja, Riikka Kristiina
Organisation University of Turku
Project title Early Life Stress Exposure and the Development of Child Self-regulation from Infancy to the Preschool Age
Decision No. 308252
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 418 731
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
This study investigates those biological and psychological markers of a child’s development, especially in terms of his or her self-regulation capacity, which are affected by the early life stress (ELS) exposure. In addition, we study whether the quality of parenting may protect a child’s development from the effect of ELS. Such research has a potentially large impact on public health, as it has been estimated that 44% of childhood-onset psychiatric disorders are caused by ELS. We will also link the data of biomarkers (brain imaging, cortisol, and DNA) for early stress with the data of child’s neurodevelopment. The findings can be used to generate hypotheses for further experimental studies and, most importantly, to develop focused intervention studies both in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. As far as we know, this is the first study assessing child neurodevelopment by using multidisciplinary and longitudinal data in a pregnancy cohort design.