Severe child neglect linked to changes in brain structure

January 27, 2015 9:02 AM

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Johanna Bick, PhD, of Boston Children's Hospital, MA, and colleagues reached their findings by analyzing the effects of neglect on brain development among 136 abandoned Romanian children who had been a part of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) since 2000.

The children were recruited to the study at the age of 2 years, by which point they had already spent half of their lives in institutional care - the standard care for abandoned children in Bucharest, Romania, at the time of recruitment.

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