Severe child neglect linked to changes in brain structure

January 27, 2015 9:02 AM

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Severe child neglect linked to changes in brain structure

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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