Neglect during infancy can affect children for years, scientists report

DENVER,CO Many children who were neglected in orphanages during the first months of their life encounter a distinct set of developmental challenges--lasting for years after they've been adopted by attentive parents, scientists said today at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting. Biological insights into these difficulties may suggest ways to improve the lives of some troubled children, and shed light on how the brain develops in early childhood.

In the last decade, in the United States alone, the number of children adopted by U.S. families from other countries has increased from 7,000 to 17,000, according to Seth Pollak of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, approximately 85 percent of these children have spent some part of their lives in institutions.

The panelists were careful to point out that, overall, internationally adopted children have progressed well, considering the challenges they have faced.

"Our concern is how to inform others about the early experiences these kids have had--but we don't want to sent the message that people shouldn't adopt these kids, that they're damaged," Pollak said.

"One of the nice things, from a scientific standpoint, is that [many internationally adopted children] move from the worst to the best environments," said Megan Gunnar of the University of Minnesota. "The lives of kids in the U.S. foster care system continue to have disruptions, so what we're learning speaks a great deal to our understanding of maltreatment and neglect."

Some of the most obvious ways that the development of institutionalized children has been impaired, such as physical growth, seem to be temporary. Once children have been placed in families, they tend to catch up with other children in their age group, the researchers have found.

Yet, parents have been concerned that certain social and emotional difficulties remain, Pollak said.

"Many of the parents


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Talk: Population and Climate Change: Neglected Connections
2. Anxiety during pregnancy affects child behavior
3. Deserts and rainforests are equally productive during drought
4. Germans must research the history of reproductive medicine during the Nazi era
5. Antioxidants during pregnancy may help prevent birth defects tied to alcohol
6. Gene therapy tested to protect bone marrow during chemotherapy
7. Researchers find no link between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and asthma during childhood
8. Chemical reaction in birds provides sense of direction during migratory flights
9. AIDS drug helps to keep HBV at bay during chemotherapy for breast cancer
10. UVa researchers describe method of protecting chromosomes during cell division
11. Preventative bed rest during pregnancy may be more harmful than helpful

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/21/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 19, 2020 , ... ... the premier conference and expo uniting life science, data science, informatics and IT ... sessions. , “In this period of uncertainty and change, Bio-IT takes the leadership ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... , ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... industry, is pleased to announce that Eric Chen and Jessica Wong have joined ... Product Management & Strategy, respectively. , Eric Chen heads development efforts for Alucio’s ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... July 30, 2020 , ... ... Research (SBIR) Phase II contract awarded by the Joint Science & Technology Office—Chemical ... this project is to develop, optimize, and scale-up a highly efficient mammalian cell ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2020)... , ... August 13, 2020 , ... ... annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private ... the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... HOUSTON (PRWEB) , ... August ... ... a biopharmaceutical cold chain validation engineering firm, is making available for ... driving the need to incorporate concurrent transport simulation testing into today’s biologics ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... DNA vaccine industries, announces it has closed on the purchase of greenfield for ... in Conroe, TX and includes over 21 acres in the initial acquisition, with ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Introducing Ardent Animal Health – MediVet Biologics rebrands company and ... Known as MediVet Biologics since its formation in 2016, the company is relaunching itself ... will build on its base of innovative therapies for osteoarthritis and cancer. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: