Dr. Putnam is principally involved in three areas of research. The first is his long-standing interest in pathological dissociation. The second is the long-term effects of childhood maltreatment and adversity. The third is the large-scale dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatment and prevention programs in community settings. Currently his research on dissociation is focused in two areas: the role of dissociation in the intergenerational cycle of violence, and, the development of treatments for dissociative disorders. His 20-year, prospective, longitudinal study of sexually abused girls and matched controls with colleagues Penelope Trickett, PhD and Jennie Noll, PhD, is an example of his developmental psychopathological approach to the long-term effects of childhood maltreatment. The in-home adaptation of CBT for maternal depression in home visiting programs that Robert Ammerman, PhD and he are disseminating in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Kentucky is an example of efforts to scale-up evidence-based interventions in communities.
1. Discuss the psychological, biological, and social effects of sexual abuse on the physical growth and psychosocial development of
2. Discuss the increased risk to offspring of mothers with a childhood history of sexual abuse.
3. List the developmental cascade of risk factors that increase the risk of maltreatment across generations.