The development and care of institutionally reared children

Sonuga-Barke, Edmund J.S. and Kreppner, J. (2012) The development and care of institutionally reared children. Child Development Perspectives, 6, (2), 174-180. (doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00231.x).


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This article briefly summarizes the literature on elements of research, practice, and policy pertaining to the development and care of children raised in institutions. It covers such children’s development while they reside in institutions and after their transition to adoptive or foster families. Of special interest are attachment and indiscriminate friendliness, physical growth, neurobiological deficits, and sensitive periods. Early exposure of a year or 2 to a substandard institution is related to higher than expected rates of a variety of long-term neurological, physical, cognitive, and behavioral deficiencies and problems, even if the children are subsequently reared in advantaged families. Countries hoping to transition from a reliance on institutions to family care alternatives face a variety of unique challenges relating to their prevailing historical, cultural, political, and financial circumstances. Although there has been progress, developing a child welfare system of family alternatives may take time in some countries.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00231.x
ISSNs: 1750-8592 (print)
1750-8606 (electronic)
Keywords: institutionalized children, development, practice, policy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology > Clinical Neuroscience
ePrint ID: 340604
Date :
Date Event
June 2012Published
2 February 2012Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 10:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:30

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