Structural covariance network centrality in maltreated youth with posttraumatic stress disorder

Delin SUN, Matthew R. PEVERILL, Chelsea S. SWANSON, Katie A. MCLAUGHLIN, Rajendra A. MOREY

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Childhood maltreatment is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and elevated rates of adolescent and adult psychopathology including major depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, and other medical comorbidities. Gray matter volume changes have been found in maltreated youth with (versus without) PTSD. However, little is known about the alterations of brain structural covariance network topology derived from cortical thickness in maltreated youth with PTSD. High-resolution T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging scans were from demographically matched maltreated youth with PTSD (N = 24), without PTSD (N = 64), and non-maltreated healthy controls (n = 67). Cortical thickness data from 148 cortical regions was entered into interregional partial correlation analyses across participants. The supra-threshold correlations constituted connections in a structural brain network derived from four types of centrality measures (degree, betweenness, closeness, and eigenvector) estimated network topology and the importance of nodes. Between-group differences were determined by permutation testing. Maltreated youth with PTSD exhibited larger centrality in left anterior cingulate cortex than the other two groups, suggesting cortical network topology specific to maltreated youth with PTSD. Moreover, maltreated youth with versus without PTSD showed smaller centrality in right orbitofrontal cortex, suggesting that this may represent a vulnerability factor to PTSD following maltreatment. Longitudinal follow-up of the present results will help characterize the role that altered centrality plays in vulnerability and resilience to PTSD following childhood maltreatment. Copyright © 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Early online dateDec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


Sun, D., Peverill, M. R., Swanson, C. S., McLaughlin, K. A., & Morey, R. A. (2018). Structural covariance network centrality in maltreated youth with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 98, 70-77. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.12.015


  • Childhood maltreatment
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Structural covariance network
  • Cortical thickness
  • Centrality
  • Anterior cingulate cortex


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