Research in Brief: Early Intervention Boosts Brain Development of Neglected Children.
ABA Center on Children and the Law.
Published: March 2015
ABA Child Law Practice
Vol. 34, No. 3 , p. 48
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A study analyzed brain data for 69 Romanian children (age 8), including 23 in high-quality foster care, 26 in institutional care, and 20 in biological families. Findings indicate there were few differences found between the foster children and children in biological families, children in institutional care had profound delays in cognitive and socioemotional development, the integrity of white matter in children’s brains was compromised among those who experienced severe neglect during infancy, and intervening early improved white matter growth for these children.
brain development; institutionalized children; foster children; romania; child neglect; EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS