Harsh conditions in childhood have long-term effects

Kids from Romanian orphanage also had lower volumes of gray matter

By Laura Sanders, 17:02 PM February 18, 2012

VANCOUVER — Living in harsh conditions in an orphanage early in life has long-lasting consequences for a child’s social skills, a new study finds.

Children who spent their first two years in Romanian orphanages behaved abnormally in social interactions with other children, even years after leaving the institution. Life in an orphanage was also linked to brain abnormalities, Charles Nelson of Harvard Medical School reported February 17 at the annual meeting of the American Association for t...

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