Child maltreatment (abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome)
We conducted surveys in several municipalities, yielding data reflecting more than 20,000 respondents, in order to illuminate the prevalence and risk factors for shaken baby syndrome. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, an educational DVD aimed at the prevention of shaken baby syndrome was developed and posted to YouTube. We then examined the effectiveness of this educational material in a community versus hospital setting using a randomized controlled trial design.
Prevalence and factors related to child maltreatment are also being examined using representative data from the Adachi Child Health Impact of Living Difficulty Study (A-CHILD).
Another study investigates biological mechanisms of intergenerational childrearing through observation of the parenting behavior of three generations (grandmothers, mothers and their children) living in Tokyo and Okinawa, along with analysis of biomarkers such as genes and oxytocin.
In another research project, we are examining the impact of abuse on the health of pre-adolescents through a comparison of children living in and out of childcare centers.
We are also currently collaborating with Adachi City in an intervention study aimed at working with gravida to prevent child maltreatment. In this project, public health nurses visit the homes of high-risk pregnant women to provide parenting and health guidance using an educational smartphone application we developed (see details on JST project page).
- Social epidemiology (the impact of social inequality and social capital on health)
- Life-course epidemiology (the long term impact of parenting and the environment on prenatal to early childhood health including international comparative studies)
- Child maltreatment (abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome)
- Mental health (maternal pre- and postnatal mental health, mental health after a disaster, and child mental health)
- Nutritional epidemiology （childhood nutrition from prenatal to early school-years and the food environment）
- Environmental health (the physical environment and climate change)
- Occupational health (harassment and work-place social capital)