Effects Of Neglect On Babies And How It Affects Brain Development
There has been plenty of research into the extent of neglect on babies and how it affects their brain development. It then takes a lot of work to try to undo the damage done and there can still be lasting damage which in turn passes to the next generation and the next and so on.
Young children who experience severe deprivation or neglect can experience a range of negative consequences. Neglect can delay brain development, impair executive function skills, and disrupt the body’s stress response. This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains why neglect is so harmful in the earliest years of life, and why effective interventions can improve long-term outcomes in learning, health, and the parenting of the next generation.
Suggested citation: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (2012). The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care…