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Early Childhood Development Risks

Risks for adverse child development outcomes include a range of biolological risks ( nutrition related, infectious diseases, environmental risks), and psychosocial risks (parenting factors, contextual risk factors such as maternal depression and exposure to violence). These coupled with poverty and associated social factors, prevent over 200 million children in the developing countries from attaining their developmental potential. In reality, these risks often co-occur, exposing children to the effects of cumulative risk factors. These affect children’s cognitive abilities, social-emotional competence and sensori- motor development, all of which in turn have consequences for children’s school readiness as well as on school performance. Featured below are publications focussing on the risks for adverse child development outcomes.

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have reported that mothers in low- and middle-income countries experience high rates of depression during pregnancy and following the birth of... Read More

In a recent study published by the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, potential psychosocial factors were examined as a risk factor for childhood asthma. According to the article “Asthma is one of... Read More

An article published in the Nature Neuroscience journal reveals a link between family income, parent education and brain structure of children and adolescents. The study by a group of researchers from... Read More

Authors Marta Rubio-Codina, Orazio P Attanasio, Costas Meghir, Natalia Varela and Sally Grantham-McGregor, studied the socio-economic gradient of child development on a representative sample of low- and... Read More