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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), pp. 174-180.

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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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2 February 2012
Published date: June 2012
Keywords: institutionalized children, development, practice, policy
Organisations: Clinical Neuroscience


Local EPrints ID: 340604
ISSN: 1750-8592
PURE UUID: 1574be4e-96ee-4c0d-8aaf-909c0df33848
ORCID for J. Kreppner: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 27 Jun 2012 10:00
Last modified: 27 Aug 2017 04:30

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Author: Edmund J.S. Sonuga-Barke
Author: J. Kreppner ORCID iD

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