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Spillover Effects to Children, Families, and Communities

Research and intervention for children living with parental addiction, children at significant risk for neglect and abuse, and children who are parentally bereaved by addiction; tools to support grandparents and other kin who are suddenly caregivers; and basic research on long-term effects of in utero exposure to substances of abuse.

The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and their Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) P50 Capstone Center award, Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies, conducts translational research and fosters education and community engagement to prevent, detect, and treat child abuse. As part of the Center’s P50, Christine Heim leads a project, Etiological Processes in the Onset and Maintenance of Adverse Health Outcomes in Maltreated Youth, that is implementing a large, prospective cohort study to examine the effects of child maltreatment on multiple etiological processes believed to play a role in the onset and maintenance of adverse health outcomes for victims. [PI: Jennie Noll]

Share Your Opioid Story, funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, collects stories from people of all backgrounds and experiences to show how the stigma of opioid addiction is affecting individuals, families and communities, and how individuals with diseases of addiction choose to access treatment. [PI: Glenn Sterner]

Projects Funded by Social Science Research Institute Seed Grants as part of Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse:

  • Opioid Prescription Practices and Risk Factors for Persistent Use After Childbirth will examine opioid-prescribing practices after childbirth and risk factors for their persistent use after birth in an effort to develop clinical practice guidelines and a risk screening protocol. [PI: Danielle Downs]
  • Perinatal Opioid Use and Maternal Nutrition and Health Status will use existing, publicly available data to describe the nutritional status of women of childbearing age who are exposed to both illicit and prescription opioids compared to the status of women who are not exposed to opioids. [PI: Emily Hohman]
  • Using Integrated Databases to Examine Patient Outcomes in Children with a History of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome will investigate the effects of the opioid epidemic on children’s school performance in order to propose and test evidence-based interventions. [PI: Tammy Corr]