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Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children’s Learning and Development

It is essential that children have safe, secure environments in which to grow, learn, and develop healthy brains and bodies. Science shows that early exposure to circumstances that produce persistent fear and chronic anxiety can have lifelong effects on brain architecture. This working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explores why traumatic experiences may affect how children learn, solve problems, and relate to others.

Suggested citation: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2010). Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children’s Learning and Development: Working Paper No. 9. Retrieved from www.developingchild.harvard.edu.

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Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children's Learning and Development: Working Paper No. 9

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