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Early Childhood Development Risks

Risks for adverse child development outcomes include a range of biolological risks ( nutrition related, infectious diseases, environmental risks), and psychosocial risks (parenting factors, contextual risk factors such as maternal depression and exposure to violence). These coupled with poverty and associated social factors, prevent over 200 million children in the developing countries from attaining their developmental potential. In reality, these risks often co-occur, exposing children to the effects of cumulative risk factors. These affect children’s cognitive abilities, social-emotional competence and sensori- motor development, all of which in turn have consequences for children’s school readiness as well as on school performance. Featured below are publications focussing on the risks for adverse child development outcomes.

Lia Fernald, Ann Weber, Emanuela Galasso and Lisy Ratsifandrihamanana document and examine socioeconomic gradients across a comprehensive set of child development measures in a population living in extreme... Read More

Researchers Susan Walker , Minerva  Thame, Susan Chang, Franklyn Bennett and  Terrence E. Forrester studied whether growth in utero is related to cognitive outcomes in childhood. A secondary aim was to... Read More

Authors Benjamin Crookston, Whitney Schott, Santiago Cueto, Kirk Dearden, Patrice Engle, Andreas Georgiadis, Elizabeth A Lundeen, Mary Penny, Aryeh Stein, and Jere Behrman  used data from Young Lives, which... Read More

Authors Maureen Black, Prasanna Nair and Adam Spanier in this comment in  The Lancet Respiratory Medicine ( Volume 2, Issue 9, Pages 677 – 679, September 2014 ,doi:10.1016/S2213-2600(14)70182-1)... Read More