ERIC Number: EJ857312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
The Importance of Early Experiences: Clinical, Research, and Policy Perspectives
Zeanah, Charles H.
Journal of Loss and Trauma, v14 n4 p266-279 2009
The degree to which early adverse experiences exert long term effects on development and how much early adversity may be overcome through subsequent experiences are important mental health questions. The clinical, research and policy perspectives on these questions lead to different answers. From a clinical perspective, change is always possible, and it is never too late. From a research perspective, there are data indicating that there are sensitive periods in brain development, which may constrain subsequent adaptability. From a policy perspective, there is a growing consensus that early intervention is cost effective from the standpoint of child development, neuroscience and economic research.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Early Intervention, Infants, Brain, Child Development, Adjustment (to Environment), Personality Traits, Cost Effectiveness, Neurology, Therapy, Case Studies, Psychiatry, Behavior Problems, Emotional Disturbances, Environmental Influences, Public Policy
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