Early life risk and long-term resilience

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Research group leader

  • Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology
    Julia Jäkel (Jaekel)

Research group description

We are a multidisciplinary international team of researchers who study the interplay of biological and sociocultural early life risks such as preterm birth, immigrant or ethnic minority status, infant regulatory problems, and in-utero opioid exposure. Our main goals are to identify protective factors and developmental processes underlying resilience and differential susceptibility across the life course.

We closely collaborate with different research groups across the world, for example as part of the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration (APIC).

Selected publications

Beltrán-Arzate, K., Hodson, K., Tes, H. K., Bowyer, S. H., Ratliff, H. C., Abraham, M. M., Johnson, E., Harris, M., & Jaekel, J. (2021). Contextual risk and psychosocial profiles of opioid-using mothers: A mixed-methods study. Women’s Health, 17, 17455065211060624. https://doi.org/10.1177/17455065211060624

Hunter, H., Allen, K. B., Liu, R., Jaekel, J., & Bell, M. A. (2021). Examining the bidirectional relationships between maternal intrusiveness and child internalizing symptoms in a community sample: A longitudinal study from infancy to middle childhood. Depression and Anxiety, 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.23207.

Jaekel, J. (2020). The impact of preterm birth on the life course: assessment challenges and future directions. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 62(12), 1347. doi/full/10.1111/dmcn.14692.

Jaekel, J., Anderson, P. J., Bartmann, P., Cheong, J. L. Y., Doyle, L. W., Hack, M., Johnson, S., Marlow, N., Saigal, S., Schmidt, L., Sullivan, M. C., & Wolke, D. (2021). Mathematical performance in childhood and early adult outcomes after very preterm birth: an individual participant data meta-analysis. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 64(4), 421-428. https://doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.15132

Jaekel, J., Kim, H. M., Lee, S. J., Schwartz, A., Henderson, J. M. T., & Woodward, L. J. (2021). Emotional and behavioral trajectories of 2 to 9 years old children born to opioid-dependent mothers. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 49, 443–457. 10.1007/s10802-020-00766-w.

Jaekel, J.,  Sorg, C.,  Breeman, L.,  Baumann, N., Bilgin, A., Bäuml, J. G., & Wolke, D. (2020).  Early regulatory problems and parenting: life-long risk, vulnerability or susceptibility for attention, internalizing and externalizing outcomes?  European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. online first, doi: 10.1007/s00787-020-01632-2.

Kajantie, E., Johnson, S., Heinonen, Kati., Anderson, P. J., Wolke, D., Evensen, K. A. I., Räikkönen, K., Darlow, B. A., van der Pal, S., Indredavik, M. S., Jaekel, J., Hovi, P., Morrison, K., Verrips, E., Doyle, L. W., & APIC Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration (2021). Common core assessments in follow-up studies of adults born preterm - recommendation of the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 35(3), 371-387. doi/full/10.1111/ppe.12694.

Nichols, T., Jaekel, J., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2020). Differential susceptibility effects of maternal sensitivity in childhood on small for gestational age adults’ wealth. Development and Psychopathology, 23(1), 197-203. doi: 10.1017/S0954579418001669.

Reyes, L. M., Jaekel, J., Bartmann, P., & Wolke, D. (2021). Peer relationship trajectories in very preterm and term individuals from childhood to early adulthood. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000949.

Reyes, L. M., Jaekel, J., Kreppner, J., Wolke, D., & Sonuga-Barke, E. (2020). A comparison of the effects of preterm birth and institutional deprivation on child temperament. Development and Psychopathology, 32(4), 1524-1533. doi: 10.1017/S0954579419001457.