The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain

NEW WORKING PAPER - The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain

Extensive biological and developmental research over the past 30 years has generated substantial evidence that young children who experience severe deprivation or significant neglect--defined broadly as the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness--bear the burdens of a range of adverse consequences. This new Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains why significant deprivation is so harmful in the earliest years of life and why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.

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