The impact of both the bad (and the good) during the first two years of life—and the importance for a child of having steadfast support during this sensitive period—have received intensive scrutiny from psychologists, some of whom discuss their views in this video: “The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development.”
Source: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
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Gary Stix is a senior editor at Scientific American. He writes the blog Talking Back at ScientificAmerican.com.
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