Midlife Adults with Childhood Trauma

2016 Arizona State University. A two-year randomized trial of 220 middle-aged adults, half of which had a history of childhood trauma, to determine whether individual risk differences attributable to childhood adversity are reversible through the SI course.


1) To examine whether the SI course can enhance the capacity for rewarding social relations, especially for individuals with a history of early life adversitySocial Intelligence and National Institutes of Health

2) To examine whether gains in the quality of social relationships will be responsible for the improvements in psychological, and physical functioning, and influence two  bio-markers of  health risk and resilience : interleukin 6 (IL-6) and DHEA

3) To probe for individual differences in age, gender, history of abuse, personality, and genetic markers of risk that identify participants most responsive to the course.

National Institutes of Health and Social Intelligence Research

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Grant #R01AG048844

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