January 2008

Grant Results


The Society for Life History Research in Psychopathology convened a conference to examine factors that promote resilience in children who have been abused, neglected or experienced other adversity, and go on to lead full and productive lives.

The conference, titled "Overcoming Childhood Adversities," was held in New York, September 26 to 28, 2002.

The Society for Life History Research in Psychopathology is an organization of scholars from a variety of academic disciplines who are engaged in longitudinal research.

Key Results

  • More than 80 people attended the meeting. It featured a total of 22 formal presentations, which conference planners organized into six conceptually focused sessions:
    • Overcoming family adversity.
    • Overcoming poverty in childhood.
    • Predicting resilience in maltreated children.
    • Risk and protective factors for depression.
    • Resistance from aggressive and antisocial behavior.
    • Developmental life span trajectories of aggression for boys and girls.
  • Selected papers from the conference were published in a special section of the March 2007 issue of the journal Child Abuse and Neglect [31(3): 201-290]. The papers were:
    • "Resilience To Adult Psychopathology Following Childhood Maltreatment: Evidence From A Community Sample," Stephan Collishaw, Andrew Pickles, Julie Messer, Michael Rutter, Christina Shearer and Barbara Maughan. Abstract available online.
    • "Individual, Family and Neighborhood Factors Distinguish Resilient From Non-Resilient Maltreated Children: A Cumulative Stressors Model," Sara R. Jaffee, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, Monica Polo-Tomás and Alan Taylor. Abstract available online.
    • "Predictors of Resilience in Abused And Neglected Children Grown-Up: The Role of Individual and Neighborhood Characteristics," Kimberly A. DuMont, Cathy Spatz Widom and Sally J. Czaja. Abstract available online.
    • "Women's Voices on Recovery: A Multi-Method Study of the Complexity of Recovery From Child Sexual Abuse," Victoria L. Banyard and Linda M. Williams. Abstract available online.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $10,000 to the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (a pass through organization) to support the project from October 2002 to December 2002. The William T. Grant Foundation provided additional support for the conference.

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Conference for Researchers and Child Development Leaders on Overcoming Childhood Adversity


Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (New Brunswick,  NJ)

  • Amount: $ 10,000
    Dates: October 2002 to December 2002
    ID#:  046905


Cathy Spatz Widom
(973) 972-8369

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Report prepared by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Robin E. Mockenhaupt

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