InBrief: The Science of Neglect

Extensive biological and developmental research shows significant neglect—the ongoing disruption or significant absence of caregiver responsiveness—can cause more harm to a young child’s development than overt physical abuse, including subsequent cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. This edition of the InBrief series 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.

This 6-minute video provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain, a Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

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Major funding support for this InBrief video has been provided by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Major support for the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child is currently being provided by: The Alliance for Early Success, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Palix Foundation.

Thank you to the staff and students at: Universal Baby Project at the SPARK Center, Boston Medical Center, and Washington State Department of Early Learning.


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