Exposure to violent environments harm children, as per warnings
3 de agosto de 2020, 12:47
Washington, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Exposure of children to violent environments at an early age can lead them to reach puberty faster, increase cellular aging and alter brain development, according to newspaper reports.
Several scholars reportedly came to such a conclusion after reviewing dozens of studies published in the bulletin of the American Psychological Association.
As the United States faces a legacy of inequality and systemic racism, there is a need to empower pediatricians to recognize these adverse impacts and help guide the development of young children, the authors of the analysis said.
In their opinion, that's the key to reducing known health disparities among African Americans, who are at increased risk for depression, heart disease, and diabetes mellitus.
'It is never too late to reverse these problems', said Katie McLaughlin, lead author of the study and professor of psychology at the Harvard University.
'Because the brain is so plastic at such an early age in life, there is an enormous opportunity to intervene and prevent long-term damage,' said the professor.
McLaughlin and her colleagues analyzed 79 studies of 116,000 children who grew up in hostile environments, as per the reports. Experts noted a distinction between so-called threatening environments, which include abuse and violence, and deprivation environments (sexual assault, neglect and chronic poverty).
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