Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

Female Growth and Development Study (FGDS)

Female Growth and Development Study (FGDS)

This is a 30-year longitudinal study of the consequences of child sexual abuse on female development. Now in its 8th wave of data collection via a R01 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we are currently assessing this cohort (and their offspring) in terms of physical health outcomes, intergenerational transmission, and the identification of mechanisms of resilience. This research is also funded through a R01 from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to assess the cohort’s daily stress-coping and premature cognitive aging.

Research Team

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Jennie G. Noll, Ph.D.

The Ken Young Family Professor for Healthy Children

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Director: Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Principal Investigator: NICHD P50 Capstone Center for Healthy Children