Deviant Adult Behavior Linked to Childhood Social Instability

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Dr. Prof. Natalia N. Kudryavtseva
Head of Neurogenetics of Social Behavior Sector,
Institute of Cytology and Genetics SD RAS,
Novosibirsk, Russia

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Answer: Hostile environment and social instability stress can have a significant impact on adolescents, causing the development of anxiety and depression.
MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Answer: Seemingly insignificant fact such as inability to communicate with adults and social instability stress cause the development of anxiety and depression -like states in adolescents.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Answer: This study only confirms what we know: Teenagers are very vulnerable and need care of adults. Should not be manifestations of any social aggression towards teenagers to avoid the consequences of development of deviant behavior in adulthood.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Answer: Adolescents stressed in childhood can demonstrate long-term deviations in socialization and communication, as well as inappropriate and often self-destructive social behavior. Therefore, our approach may be useful for studies exploring the neurobiological consequences of long-term changes that arise in adolescence for subsequent psychoemotional state in adulthood.

Citation:

Extended Effect of Chronic Social Defeat Stress in Childhood on Behaviors in Adulthood

Irina L. Kovalenko, Anna G. Galyamina, Dmitry A. Smagin, Tatyana V. Michurina, Natalia N. Kudryavtseva , Grigori Enikolopov

Published: March 25, 2014

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0091762