Professor Eamon McCrory shares the theory of latent vulnerability – and how a new clinical tool could help children’s mental health
It’s widely acknowledged that child abuse and neglect can have a negative impact on mental health – even many years after the event.
How can we understand this better? Why do some children seem so resilient despite having experienced such adversity? How can we better help and support children before mental health problems emerge?
We’ve been using neurobiological research techniques such as functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) to shed some new light on these very old questions. This is helping us to understand how changes can occur in the brain activity of a child who has experienced abuse, even if they are not showing outward signs of a mental health disorder.