New Video from Harvard: The Science of Neglect

Picture 3Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child’s “InBrief Series” is one to check out. This series includes short (one page) summaries and video companion pieces on recent scientific presentations and research on the science of early childhood development and early childhood program evaluation.

A new video in this series, “The Science of Neglect“, is a 6 minute overview of a working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child called The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain.

The video details four types of unresponsive care (Occasional Inattention; Chronic Under Stimulation; Severe Neglect in the Family Context; and Severe Neglect in an Institutional Setting) explaining 1) why significant deprivation is so harmful to young children and 2) why effective interventions are critical to a healthy society.

As Jack P. Shonkoff so eloquently puts it in the beginning of this video, “Everyone in a community has a vested interest in everyone else’s children, because everyone else’s children determine the next adult population that makes for a successful society. “

To watch the video and download the pdf click here.

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