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Losing a spouse involved in the adolescent brain

Roughly one in every 6 couples divorce. For a divorced spouse, losing a spouse can have severe psychological consequences on both the child and the adult.

Dr. Shelly Lombardi, Neuroscience Graduate Program ACT Research Unit, and Director of the ACT Center for Child & Adolescent Well-Being at the Baylor College of Medicine, explores significant distress and meaning seeking pathways in adolescents throughout their adolescence and young adulthood.

The article, “The Meaning-Seeking Psychological Complex of Marital Dissolution, ” is the first in the Analytical Mind-Mapping Project (ANCP). The “GeneiWay Project, ” the Neuropsychological Sciences Project™, is an important collaboration between Dr. Lombardi and co-author John David Kelley, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of the Child & Adolescent Well-Being Lab, Neuropsychology Clinic and the UCSF Center for Child & Adolescent Well-Being.

Lombardi is the senior author on the article, which will be published online December 5, 2019 in Current Biology.